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US Lawmakers Call for End to Burma's Restrictions on Aid


Two U.S. lawmakers have called for an end to Burma's restrictions on humanitarian aid following a report by a monitoring agency of the U.S government.

Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Democrat Tom Lantos of California, said "the shameful behavior of Burma's military regime" is laid out in the report entitled "Assistance Programs Constrained in Burma." He said such behavior must come to an end.

He said humanitarian relief has been decimated in eastern Burma where the military government has destroyed more than three-thousand villages during a campaign against ethnic Karen rebels.

Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, who is the top Republican on the committee, said the report underscores the need for democratic change in Burma.

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