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Burma Confirms Detention of Opposition Leader


Burma's military government has said it extended the detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi because it was determined she continues to be a threat to the state.

Burmese government officials discussed the continued detention of the pro-democracy leader for the first time with reporters Friday during a tour of eastern Burma.

Information Minister Kyaw Hsan says the pro-democracy leader's house arrest was extended for another year under prevailing laws.

Last month, Burma extended the house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi for another year. She has endured detention and imprisonment since her pro-democracy movement challenged the Burmese junta 10 years ago.

The United States is seeking a U.N. resolution putting pressure on Burma to change its policies.

But Burmese officials say such a resolution is unacceptable because what is happening in their country poses no threat to the international community.

The U.S.-backed U.N. resolution faces opposition from Russia, China and Japan.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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