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Russia, China veto U.S. resolution on Myanmar

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Russia and China have vetoed a U.S. sponsored resolution calling on Myanmar's military government to stop its human rights abuses and release political prisoners, Russia's UN ambassador said Saturday.
UNITED NATIONS, January 13, (RIA Novosti) - Russia and China have vetoed a U.S. sponsored resolution calling on Myanmar's military government to stop its human rights abuses and release political prisoners, Russia's UN ambassador said Saturday.

Vitaly Churkin said the Southeast Asian nation's problems are its internal affair and not the purview of the Security Council.

"While not denying that there are problems in Myanmar, specifically in the socio-economic and humanitarian spheres, it is our view that the situation in the country does not pose a threat to international or regional peace," he said.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said Friday it believes that discussing the situation in Myanmar, as proposed by the U.S., would be counterproductive.

Last December, the U.S. delegation drafted a UN resolution describing the situation in the Southeast Asian nation as jeopardizing peace and security in the region.

"Russia has from the outset been opposed to the Myanmar issue being submitted for consideration by the UN Security Council," the ministry said in a statement posted on its official Web site.

It said Russia's position was made known in September 2006 at a UN Security Council session.

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