A leading U.S. senator has urged the Bush administration to renew sanctions against Burma's military government, citing the lack of democratic development in the country.
Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell made the comments in statements before a Senate subcommittee Thursday. The senator said the United States should also press the European Union to impose its own sanctions on Burma.
The U.S. Congress will consider renewing the sanctions in the next few weeks.
The senator also called for justice for last May's attack on pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and members of the opposition National League for Democracy, saying the Burmese government needs to be held responsible for its actions.
Earlier Thursday, Burma's opposition again called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi before a constitutional convention next month.
The statement came one day after Burma's military government formally invited the National League for Democracy to attend the convention.
Information for this information is provided by AFP.