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Lawmakers Demand UN Action on Burma


Lawmakers from 34 countries have urged the United Nations Security Council to adopt a binding resolution requiring the restoration of democracy to Burma.

In a letter to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, the lawmakers say they believe the increasingly unstable situation in Burma poses a threat to international peace and security, as well as to the people of Burma.

The lawmakers call for the immediate release from house arrest of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and all political prisoners in Burma.

They also call on the U.N. to pressure Burma's military government to give international aid organizations immediate and safe access to all parts of the country.

International human rights groups also have urged the U.N. Security Council to take action on Burma's government because of its repressive policies and imprisoning of political opponents.

The Burmese government has not commented on the request for Security Council action.

Aung San Suu Kyi has spent most of the last 16 years under house arrest.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate is the leader of Burma's opposition National League for Democracy, which won parliamentary elections in 1990, but was never allowed to take power.

More than 100 of its senior leaders are in prison. Burma's military government has promised democratic reforms, but there have been few signs of change.

Officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations - ASEAN recently said Burma's refusal to reform is damaging the organization's credibility and image.

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