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EU Agrees to Stronger Sanctions on Myanmar, Troops for Chad

The EU will increase its pressure on the military junta in Myanmar by strengthening sanctions in response to the pro-democracy crackdown last month. The bloc also agreed to send an EU security force to Chad.

After a meeting of the EU's foreign ministers on Monday, Oct. 15, a decision was made to broaden existing sanctions that include visa bans and asset freezes on Myanmar's military and government officials as well as their relatives, and new steps targeting the country's key timber, metals and gemstone sectors.

"The EU deems it necessary to increase direct pressure on the regime," the ministers said in a statement issued after talks in Luxembourg. "It will therefore adopt a package of measures that do not harm the general population but that target those responsible for the violent crackdown and the overall political stalemate in the country."

EU sanctions on hold while mission planned

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told reporters the sanctions would not be immediately implemented. Kouchner added that the EU was also considering sending a mission to Myanmar, formerly named Burma, to hold talks with the military rulers on reconciliation with the country's domestic political opponents.

EU External Relations Commission Benita Ferrero-Walder said she backed a delay in the imposition of the additional sanctions to support the mission of UN envoy to Myanmar Ibrahim Gambarai.

"He is the only one who has a chance for leverage at the moment," she said. "I think he should have sticks and carrots in order to be able to work."

She said the EU wanted to see the release of political prisoners and the start of a process of dialogue with opponents.

The foreign ministers also gave their final approval during the meeting to deploy a 3,000-strong EU peacekeeping force to help refugees and the displaced along Darfur's borders with Chad and the Central African Republic.

Full story, Source: DW-world

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The foreign ministers also gave their final approval during the meeting to deploy a 3,000-strong EU peacekeeping force to help refugees and the displaced along Darfur's borders with Chad and the Central African Republic.

3000 troops to Chad? Is there a lot of oil in Chad or something?

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3000 troops to Chad? Is there a lot of oil in Chad or something?

Nope, just refugees getting attacked.

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Anger rises in oil-rich Chad as funds don't aid the poor

Three years after Chad began exporting its oil with assistance from the World Bank, few people outside the capital have access to electricity, running water, paved roads, and health clinics. Public schools are nonexistent. Life expectancy is 46 years for men, and only slightly longer for women.

The thwarted hopes of many have turned to resentment toward the government of President Idriss Déby, widely perceived here as using the nation's oil wealth to enrich himself and those close to him. It's a perception shared by Transparency International, a Berlin-based corruption watchdog, which last year rated Chad as the most corrupt country in Africa.

Growing anger in this country of nearly 10 million has spurred opposition leaders and emboldened rebel groups, which have twice in the past two months tried to overthrow the government. In the latest attempt on April 13, hundreds of rebels entered the capital just before sunrise and were cheered on by onlookers before clashing with Chad's army. A street battle killed 350 people, mainly rebels and civilians

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Refugees... LOL!

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