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Burmese Ethnic Rebels Call for Security Council Help

Two Burmese ethnic rebel groups are supporting a call for the United Nations Security Council to take up an urgent initiative to bring political reforms to military-ruled Burma.

In separate press releases Sunday, the Karen National Union and the Shan Democratic Union backed a report by former Czech President Vaclav Havel and retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu calling for Security Council intervention.

Mr. Havel and Archbishop Tutu issued a report Tuesday comparing the situation in Burma to those in seven other countries in which the Security Council had intervened.

The 70-page report said conditions are far worse in Burma than they were in such countries as Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Haiti before UN intervention.