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Burma’s Government Slams Nobel Laureate

Wed., July 2, 1997

Burma’s military government accused pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi of being a puppet manipulated by Washington in a commentary published in state-run newspapers Tuesday.

The article continued a war of words opened last week when Burma’s military intelligence accused the United States of funding groups the regime claims are plotting terrorist attacks.

Suu Kyi won the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for her nonviolent campaign for democracy, a year after her National League for Democracy overwhelmingly won parliamentary elections. The ruling military council never honored the result.

Suu Kyi “has no prospects of becoming a leader” of Burma, said the article, which called Suu Kyi’s party “a traitorous group” that is “enslaved by the United States.”



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