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Britain Warns Travel Agents On Burma - 2003-07-15


A British minister has urged travel agents to stop selling tours to Burma, in light of the recent crackdown there against pro-democracy activists.

In a statement Monday, Foreign Office minister Mike O'Brien said hard currency from tourism ends up in what he called "the private bank accounts" of Burma's military government officials.

Burmese police arrested pro-democracy leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on May 30th, following a clash between her supporters and pro-government protesters in northern Burma. Japan and the European Union have since frozen economic aid to Rangoon.

Burmese officials have accused the opposition leader of trying to destabilize the government.

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

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