06 Feb '11, 5am

Laos general's backers press Obama over burial snub: PHOTO: AFP FRESNO (California) - BACKERS of Laotian general...

Laos general's backers press Obama over burial snub: PHOTO: AFP FRESNO (California) - BACKERS of Laotian general...

Members of the Hmong community react after viewing the open casket of Hmong war hero and community leader General Van Pao. -- PHOTO: AFP FRESNO (California) - BACKERS of Laotian general Vang Pao appealed on Saturday to President Barack Obama to let him be buried with honours in Arlington national cemetery, after military authorities rejected their request. 'We were very disappointed to hear that the request for the burial of General Vang Pao has been denied,' said the Memorial Central Committee organising the Hmong veteran's funeral. 'We hope President Obama and the (US) defence secretary will allow a burial waiver for General Vang Pao,' it added in a statement issued on behalf of 'Vang Pao's family, Hmong Americans, Vietnam war veterans and friends.' -- AFP

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