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U.S. House Urges Release



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Subject : U.S. House Urges Release of Burmese Dissidents

   WASHINGTON (Reuter) - The U.S. House of Representatives
Monday urged Burma to release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi
and other political prisoners and to restore democracy and human
rights.
   The resolution, passed by voice vote, expresses the sense of
the House that political power should be transfered from the
military to an elected civilian government and that human rights
should be respected.
   The resolution also calls on the U.S. government to continue
to maintain diplomatic pressure on Burma through economic
sanctions and an arms embargo.
   Aung San Suu Kyi, the 1991 Nobel Peace laureate, has been
under house arrest in Rangoon since July 20, 1989. Her National
League for Democracy won the 1990 election by a wide margin but
the military junta refused to turn over power.
   The U.N. General Assembly last December expressed grave
concern over the continued violation of human rights in Burma.
   Burmese Foreign Minister Ohn Gyaw said in Thailand last week
that Burma will accept a U.N. invitation for a dialogue.


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