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Burma Rejects Foreign Sanctions - 2004-08-03


Burma's Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt has criticized economic sanctions and political pressure on his government by foreign nations.

In a speech Monday, he said the measures only widen the gap between rich and poor people in the Asian nation and lead to human rights abuses.

General Khin Nyunt also said unnamed powerful national nations are isolating Burma "under the pretext of politics."

He says his government is "committed to establishing a disciplined democratic state."

Last month, President Bush renewed sanctions against the Burmese government over the continued detention of opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

He said the measures will continue until there is tangible progress towards human rights and democracy.

The European Union also has imposed sanctions on Burma over Aung San Suu Kyi's detention.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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