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UN criticized over peacekeeping invite to Myanmar
UN criticized for inviting Myanmar military to consider peacekeeping
Associated Press
2014-03-13 11:22 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Human Rights Watch is criticizing the United Nations for raising the possibility of Myanmar contributing U.N. peacekeepers.

The New York-based group says the nation's military remains among the most abusive in the world.

The group voices its concerns in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that it made public Thursday.

Human Rights Watch says that despite Myanmar's democratic opening, its military remains unreformed and continues to use child soldiers.

Ban's special adviser on Myanmar raised the issue when he met with Myanmar's commander in chief in late January. A spokesman says the adviser said that like any U.N. member state, Myanmar could discuss its interest in peacekeeping with the world body.

Myanmar's U.N. mission did not immediately comment.

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