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Kyodo 5/27 (3)

16:28 JST

Junta accuses West of trying to trap developing nations

     Myanmar's ruling military junta has defended itself against
criticism of its recent detention of hundreds of pro-democracy
leaders, accusing the ''Western bloc'' of trying to trap ''small
developing nations'' under its influence.
     The secretary of the State Law and Order Restoration Council
(SLORC), Lt. Gen. Khin Nyunt, hurled the accusation in a speech to
students at a fund-raising ceremony at Yangon University on Sunday.
The speech was reported in the Monday issue of government newspapers.