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EU suspension of sanctions angers Myanmar exiles; US urged to go slow on lifting restrictions
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The European Union's suspension of economic sanctions against Myanmar is riling exiled activists, who are urging the United States to press for further reforms by the dominant military before following suit.
The activists' opposition has exposed differences with democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee), whose cause they have championed for more than two decades and who helped drive the sanctions in the first place.
Activists are skeptical that sanctions could be re-imposed if Myanmar, also known as Burma, should backslide on the reforms. They say that despite Suu Kyi's winning a seat in parliament and the government reaching cease-fires with several ethnic armed insurgencies, the changes have yet to affect the lives of most citizens and rampant rights abuses continue.