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US, Indonesia Urge China, India to Press Burma


The United States and Indonesia are calling on China and India to put more pressure on Burma to improve its human rights record.

At a meeting on the sidelines of the APEC leaders summit Saturday, Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and U.S. President George Bush agreed that constructive engagement by Southeast Asian nations is not producing any results in Burma.

They also agreed to talk with China and India - Burma's two largest neighbors - about the problem.

In response, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao repeated Beijing's often-stated position to not "interfere" in other nations' internal affairs.

Liu said China does not support the use of "pressure," but believes that "dialogue" and "mutual respect" is the best solution.

China and India are major military weapons suppliers to Burma and have strong commercial ties with the tightly ruled country.

India did not immediately comment on the remarks. In the past, India has said it believes the people of Burma need to decide what type of government they want.

Some form of military government has ruled Burma since 1962.

Human rights organizations and several countries, including the United States, have strongly criticized Burma's poor human rights record.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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