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Burmese Leader Than Shwe Ends India Visit - 2004-10-31


Burma's military leader has pledged not to allow rebels opposed to Indian rule to operate from Burmese soil.

The pledge by General Than Shwe came Friday in talks in New Delhi with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, at the end of the Burmese leader's six-day visit to India.

The French News Agency quoted a joint statement after the talks as saying the Burmese leader pledged to build a "modern democracy."

Earlier, the U.S. State Department called on India to discuss international concerns over Burma's human rights record with General Than Shwe. A spokesman Richard Boucher said those concerns include Burma's failure to release political prisoners, such as democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Earlier, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell criticized India for hosting General Than Shwe, saying the visit serves only Burma's military government -- not the country's people.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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