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Laura Bush Urges Resolution on Burma

U.S. First Lady Laura Bush says she would like to see the United Nations Security Council pass a resolution on Burma as soon as possible.

Mrs. Bush told a panel of diplomats and Burma experts on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York Tuesday that the sooner a resolution is passed the better.

She said the United States will work hard with other members of the Security Council to ensure a resolution is agreed upon.

Last week, the U.N. Security Council voted 10 to four to put Burma on its agenda. The United States requested the action, saying the long-standing human rights problems in Burma have resulted in regional consequences.

Burma's military government strongly criticized the U.N. decision, calling the action a misuse of Security Council power.

Putting an issue on the Security Council agenda starts a process that brings the issue under increased formalized U.N. scrutiny. China and Russia were among the nations voting against the proposal.

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