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US State Department Tables Draft Resolution on Burma


The United States says it is planning to present a draft resolution on Burma at the United Nations, calling on its military rulers to release political prisoners and halt violence against ethnic minorities.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters today that the United States is working intensively to gain consensus on the resolution.

He said the U.S. hopes that the draft will be ready for a vote in the United Nations Security Council by the end of this week.

McCormack said the resolution is designed to help support ongoing efforts of the U.N. Special Representative in Burma.

On Monday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also urged Burma's military-led government to release all political prisoners, including pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The UN took up the issue of Burma for the first time last year.

It is unclear whether the UN Security Council will vote on the issue some time this month, as Russia's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churin, has already voiced his opposition to the resolution.

Ambassador Churin will be president of the council for January.

Last week, Ambassador Churin said that he and other council members do not believe the situation in Burma poses a threat to international peace and security.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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