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US Has No Plans To Join International Talks On Burma - 2004-02-27


The United States says it has no plans to join a second round of international talks on Burma to be held in Bangkok.

U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Darryl Johnson told reporters Thursday the Bush administration will not change its position on the Burmese military government until it sees progress on democracy there. He said that until that progress is shown, the United States has no desire to participate in the talks.

Thailand hosted a 12-nation meeting on Burma in December. Bangkok has said a second round of talks will be held in the middle of this year.

Political progress in Burma has been at a standstill since a bloody confrontation between pro-democracy demonstrators and government supporters last May. Since that confrontation, many of the nation's top opposition leaders, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, have been in detention or under house arrest.

Information for this report is provided by Reuters.

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