US, EU demand UN sanctions against Myanmar

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UNITED NATIONS, Sep 26 (Reuters) The United States and the 27-member European Union today asked the UN Security Council to consider sanctions against Myanmar and condemned the country's ruling junta's violence against demonstrators.

''We condemn all violence against peaceful demonstrators and remind the country's leaders of their personal responsibilities (for) their actions,'' the US-EU statement said. ''We call on the Security Council to discuss this situation urgently and to consider further steps including sanctions.'' The statement, after a ministerial meeting on the fringes of the UN General Assembly, said, ''We call on the authorities to stop violence and to open a process of dialogue with pro-democracy leaders, including Aung San San Suu Kyi, and representatives of ethnic minorities.'' REUTERS PD HT2237

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