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January 26, 2013

Burma Protests US Embassy Criticism

Burma issued a protest to the U.S. embassy in Rangoon Saturday for releasing a statement earlier this week condemning the ongoing military offensive against rebels in the northern state of Kachin.

The Burmese Foreign Ministry said the U.S. statement, issued Thursday, presented only one side of the bloody conflict, which continues despite a January 19 cease-fire order by President Thein Sein. The ministry condemned the embassy for not mentioning terrorist acts committed by the Kachin Independence Army.

The government went on to say that it is offended that the U.S. still calls the country "Burma" rather than "Myanmar," which is the name the military dictatorship made official in 1989. Opponents of military rule, such as Aung San Suu Kyi, have made a political point of calling the country Burma.