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US Lawmakers Call on Bush to Urge Thailand to take Stand on Burma


Eleven members of the U.S. Congress have called on President Bush to urge Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to end his support for Burma's military government.

The lawmakers made their appeal Wednesday in a joint letter to Mr. Bush, who is expected to meet with Mr. Thaksin next week.

The group also said Thailand has begun to turn away from its tradition of tolerance and democracy that has long served as a positive example in Asia.

Additionally, the lawmakers accused the Thai government of trying to limit the freedom of its people and censoring the media.

The group told Mr. Bush Thailand should be a close partner in the United States' efforts to promote liberty at the front lines of war on terror.

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