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Havel, Tutu Urge UN Security Council Action on Burma

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Former Czech President Vaclav Havel and retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu have called on the United Nations Security Council to take up an urgent initiative to bring political reforms to military-ruled Burma.

The former leader of the Czech Republic and the Nobel Peace Laureate Tuesday issued a report comparing the situation in Burma to those in seven other countries in which the Security Council intervened.

The 70-page report says conditions are far worse in Burma than they were in such countries as Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Haiti before U.N. intervention. And it says the situation in Burma continues to deteriorate.

Citing -- among other factors -- Burma's heroin production, the spread of AIDS across its borders, and grave, systematic human rights abuses, the report calls for a binding Security Council resolution to force the military government to end the tragedy that has befallen the Burmese people.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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