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Bush renews trade sanctions on Myanmar

July 28, 2005

Bush renews trade sanctions on Myanmar

By Irene Klotz

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday signed a law imposing trade sanctions on Myanmar for an additional year, punishing its military rulers for detaining opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. 

The law bars imports from the country, also known by its colonial name of Burma. 

Myanmar has been ruled for more than four decades by the military. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi -- whose National League for Democracy won a landslide election victory in 1990 only to be denied power by the army -- remains under house arrest. 

The import restrictions were first imposed in 2003. Under the legislation, the import ban must be renewed each year and expires after three years. 

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