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Buddhist Summit Ends in Burma


A world Buddhist summit of more than 1,000 monks from around the globe has ended in Burma.

The summit, which opened in the military-ruled southeast Asian nation on Thursday, attracted controversy because of the junta's reported persecution of some monks and its detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Burma alone sponsored the event after its main sponsor, Japan's Nenbutsushu sect, boycotted the three-day meeting amid concerns over Burma's human rights record.

However, the military government praised organizers of the conference and said it had contributed to world peace.

The meeting included appearances by the prime ministers of Thailand, Sri Lanka and Laos, as well as a rare appearance by the head of Burma's government, General Than Shwe.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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