28 May '11, 12am

US lawmakers seek to extend Myanmar sanctions: WASHINGTON - US LAWMAKERS this week proposed to extend sanctions

WASHINGTON - US LAWMAKERS this week proposed to extend sanctions on Myanmar, saying that the regime has not made true efforts to improve treatment of its people despite a political transition. The annual legislation, which has passed easily in Congress in the past, bans the import of goods from Myanmar, including lucrative gems, and restricts visas issued to government officials in the country earlier known as Burma. President Barack Obama earlier this month extended a separate set of sanctions that bar US investment in Myanmar. Mr Mitch McConnell, the top member of the minority Republican Party in the Senate, criticised elections last year in Myanmar as a farce to rubber-stamp regime-backed candidates, even though the junta officially ceded power to civilians. 'We should not be fooled by the transparent efforts of the regime,' the Kentucky senator said. 'It is merely tryi...

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