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Burma Urges US To End Economic Sanctions - 2004-05-04


Burma is urging the United States to roll back economic sanctions and to be what it calls a "positive" partner in pursuing democracy in the military-ruled country.

In an official statement released Monday, Burmese officials urged the United States to take responsibility for what Rangoon called the "human rights violations" committed against the Burmese people through economic sanctions.

The Burmese government also criticized U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (of Kentucky) for co-sponsoring legislation last year to impose sanctions on Burma -- and for his recent calls to extend the sanctions.

Mr. McConnell has also urged the Bush administration to press the European Union to enforce sanctions on Burma.

The U.S. sanctions, imposed last year, ban imports from Burma until that country makes progress toward democracy and ends human rights violations.

Congress approved the sanctions after democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested after an attack on her supporters by a pro-government mob. She remains under arrest.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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