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PM visits Rangoon War Cemetery

13 April 2012

The prime minister - on a four-day tour of South East Asia - found time to visit the Rangoon War Cemetery in Myanmar, formerly Burma.

David Cameron is the first British prime minister to visit the country, and he paid his respects at the War Cemetery on a day during which he met the Burmese president Thein Sein and the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Rangoon War Cemetery was first used as a burial ground immediately after the recapture of the city in May 1945.

There are 1,381 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery.

It also contains the graves of 36 Commonwealth servicemen who died in Rangoon during the First World War.