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US Senate approves Myanmar resolution

world Updated: Jul 24, 2009 21:05 IST
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The U.S. Senate has voted to renew sanctions meant to penalise the junta that runs Myanmar.

The resolution approving the reauthorisation of the sanctions now goes to President Barack Obama for signature into law.

The resolution renews sanctions targeting imports from the military government in Myanmar, also called Burma. It also maintains a ban on importing jade and other gems from Myanmar. The legislation was first enacted in 2003.

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell said in a statement on Friday that the world should continue pressuring the junta to release Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from detention.

He criticised the junta for preventing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from visiting Suu Kyi during Ban's recent trip to Myanmar.