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Burma Calls on US to Back its Effort at Civilian Rule

Burmese media have published a commentary saying the United States should back Burma's seven-step road map to democracy instead of seeking to oust the military junta.

In commentary, published in several state-run newspapers, including the New Light of Myanmar, the United States is referred to as a "notorious power" that has been following the old pattern of trying to topple Burma's ruling military government.

Delegates from across Burma are participating in a National Convention that is writing a constitution for the country.

The opposition National League for Democracy or NLD is boycotting this year's National Convention, while its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, remains under house arrest. The Nobel laureate has been under house arrest for 10 of the past 16 years.

The commentary says Washington should pressure the NLD to join the convention if it values democracy and wishes the people of Burma to enjoy the fruits of democracy.

The United States is seeking a U.N. resolution putting pressure on Burma to change policies. But Burmese officials say such a resolution is unacceptable because what is happening in their country poses no threat to the international community.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.