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EU Officials Seek Donor Nations to Help Burma Fight Disease


European Union officials say they are looking for donor nations willing to help Burma fight disease after the withdrawal of UN-based health funding.

An EU diplomat tells the French news agency talks with several countries are underway to replace the lost UN aid. The diplomat said officials are working to ensure the process does not conflict with the EU's common position on Burma.

The EU has suspended most of its aid to Burma as part of sanctions to try to force democratic reforms.

The UN Global Fund cited differences with the Burmese leadership in its decision in August not to fund health projects in the country. It had originally agreed to give Burma at least 90 million dollars.

The money was to be used to combat diseases such as AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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