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Burma Lashes Out at Sanctions on May Day


Burma's top leader said in a May Day message that neocolonialists are trying to tarnish the military-ruled country's image and cause disunity.

In a message carried by state-run newspapers Sunday, Senior General Than Shwe said neocolonialists using their stooges are resorting to various means to harm the interests of Burma and her workers.

He was apparently referring to the United States and the European Union, which have leveled tough sanctions against Burma. The general said acts of sabotage have caused a loss of jobs, resulting in economic and social sufferings.

General Than Shwe's remarks came a week after U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan urged Burma to deliver on long-promised democratic reforms, including the release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.

Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.

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