Monday, January 28, 2013

Naypyitaw rejects US criticism, use of word ‘Burma’

Monday, 28 January 2013 12:30 Mizzima News

Burma’s Foreign Ministry released a statement over the weekend via the state-run Myanma Ahlin newspaper criticizing the US reaction to the conflict in Kachin State.

Last Thursday, the US Embassy in Rangoon issued a statement saying that they were “deeply concerned” about the continued fighting following the Burmese government's call for a ceasefire on January 19.

According to a report by the AP, the Foreign Ministry said it rejected the US assertions because they “could cause misunderstanding in the international community” and because they failed to mention anything about “terrorist actions and atrocities committed by the KIA” and mentioned only army actions.

The Foreign Ministry also “strongly rejected” Washington's continued use of the name “Burma”, as opposed to the country's official name of Myanmar.
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