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US Lawmaker Protests Suu Kyi Restrictions - 2004-12-17


A prominent U.S. lawmaker says Burma's military government is further endangering the safety of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Congressman Tom Lantos, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives International Relations Committee, says reports of new restrictions on the Nobel laureate will only encourage Washington to renew import sanctions against Burma.

Mr. Lantos sponsored the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act, which was signed into law here in Washington in 2003.

The law strengthened previous sanctions, including visa restrictions, on Burma's military leaders, and renewed a 1997 ban on new investment by U.S. companies.

President Bush signed the Burmese sanctions into law in July.

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