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Thursday, November 06, 2003

BAT pulls out of Burma
British American Tobacco has announced that it will be pulling out of Burma following a formal request by the UK government that it do so.

In July, following the arrest of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, said that the government does not believe British companies should be trading with or investing in Burma while its military regime continued to suppress basic human rights.

Today, foreign minister Mike O'Brien said "I appreciate that this was a difficult process, but I am in no doubt that the decision was the right one''.

Less diplomatically, John Jackson, director of the Burma Campaign UK, a London-based pressure group said "They had to be dragged out kicking and screaming, but at least they are out".