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Burma's National Convention Delegates On Weekend Break - 2004-06-06


Several hundred delegates to Burma's constitutional convention have left the meeting site for a two-day break.

Delegates said about 700 out of more than 1,000 participants at the national conference were bused to Rangoon late Friday from their meeting site north of the city. Their break follows three weeks of deliberations during which the participants were not allowed to leave.

Burma's military rulers, who handpicked most of the delegates, insist the meeting on drafting a new constitution is part of a process that will restore democracy to the country.

But Western governments and international human rights groups have condemned the government-backed meeting as a sham.

Burma's main opposition party, the National League for Democracy, is boycotting the convention, partly because the country's military government refuses to release the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The pro-democracy leader has been under house arrest for the past year.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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