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Govt denies white phosphorous allegations

Myanmar’s presidential spokesman Ye Htut on Saturday dismissed an independent report by a group of lawyers that alleges security forces used white phosphorus in a crackdown on Buddhist monks and activists at the Latpadaung copper mine in November.

The lawyers say they sent a canister discovered at the site to a laboratory in Bangkok where it was found to contain white phosphorus.

But Ye Htut said that the government would only recognize a parliamentary inquiry currently being conducted by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

“We do not study or give comment on individual inquiries,” he told AFP, adding that the report could “disturb” the work of Suu Kyi's commission.

For more background:
  1. White phosphorous used on Latpadaung protesters, say lawyers
  2. Police move in to disperse Latpadaung protesters
The Kachin’s last stand
Since October this year, Burma has been in a state of civil war, with fighting between Burmese military and armed ethnic rebels. The ruling junta started a crackdown on these armed groups.

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