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Rights Group Criticizes Burma's Call For Dialogue With U.S. - 2003-02-25


An East Asian human rights group has criticized Burma's recent call for constructive dialogue with the United States as "outrageous."

The Bangkok-based Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma said Monday Burma's military junta has repeatedly refused to enter into constructive dialogue with the Burmese people.

In a statement, the group said the world is getting, in its words, "fed up" with Burma's empty promises of reform, systematic human rights abuses and increasing harassment of democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

The group blamed the junta's economic mismanagement for the poor economy, and not - as the Burmese government has implied - U.S. backed sanctions.

Last week, Burma asked the United States to enter into a dialogue with Rangoon on political, economic and humanitarian developments in the country. The invitation came three days after the United States said it was considering further sanctions unless the government enacted promised reforms.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and Altsean-Burma Press Release.

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