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Ohn Gyaw, Burmese Foreign Minister,

Subject: Ohn Gyaw, Burmese Foreign Minister, said.........

	Burma: Won't Retaliate Against U.S. Sanctions

RANGOON, Burma (Reuter) - Burma has no plans to retaliate against the 
United States for economic sanctions imposed
last week on Rangoon, Foreign Minister Ohn Gyaw said Sunday. 

"We don't intend to take any retaliatory measures against the U.S. for 
their decision to impose economic sanctions against
us," Ohn Gyaw told Reuters. 

"They started it on their own volition and we'll just let it go," he 
said. "In fact it will not affect our country so much." 

The United States Tuesday announced a ban on all new American investments 
in Burma in condemnation of the military
government's alleged human rights abuses and repression of the democracy 
movement led by Nobel Peace laureate Aung
San Suu Kyi. 

Although top Burmese officials said last week the sanctions would not 
have much impact on Burma, some analysts had
expected the government to take retaliatory action. 

Last October the military government suspended visas for high-level 
American officials just days after the United States
announced a similar ban on visas for top officials in Burma's ruling 
State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC). 

The United States is the fourth largest investor in Burma in terms of 
approved foreign investment. 

Washington, along with most Western governments and international 
agencies, stopped aid to Burma when the SLORC
seized power in 1988 after quashing pro-democracy demonstrations. 

[27 April 1997, Sunday].