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NEWS-Japan Myanmar Envoy Criticises
- Subject: NEWS-Japan Myanmar Envoy Criticises
- From: Rangoonp@xxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 21 May 1999 12:34:00
Subject: NEWS-Japan Myanmar Envoy Criticises U.S. Sanctions Move
Japan Myanmar Envoy Criticises U.S. Sanctions Move
TOKYO, May 21 (Reuters) - Myanmar ambassador to Japan
Khin Maung Thein on Friday criticised U.S. sanctions on
country, saying the move was not to the advantage of
nation. Thein also denied U.S. allegations of repression
human rights abuse.
"The actual situation is very much different," he told a
conference. "The government may be a military junta, but
they are also Buddhist, guided by the principles of love
On Tuesday, U.S. President Bill Clinton extended
on Myanmar for another year for what he called
repression of the democratic opposition.
In a letter to Congress, Clinton said his decision
"prohibition on new investment" in Myanmar, formerly
by Americans. The old sanctions expired on Thursday.
In February, the United States criticised Myanmar for
human rights violations including torture, arbitrary
and forced labour.
A State Department report said the ruling generals ran a
highly authoritarian military regime which was holding
than 1,000 political prisoners.