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Burma 'deeply regrets' UN rebuke
Protestors in Sydney
Global protests have taken place over the situation in Burma
Burma's military junta has responded to a UN Security Council statement deploring the regime's response to pro-democracy protests last month.

In a statement released via state media, the military leadership said it "deeply regretted" the document.

Rangoon says 10 people were killed and 2,100 arrested during last month's demonstrations, many of which were led by Buddhist monks.

Foreign diplomats and analysts fear both figures could be far higher.

China shift

The UN Security Council statement was agreed after China, Burma's closest ally, lifted its objections.

Burma's leaders insisted they would co-operate with the UN but said the country would pursue its own road map for democratic reforms.

The statement from Burma's generals also said the UN agreement - which called for the release of political prisoners and detained protesters and a "genuine dialogue" with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi - did not reflect the desire of the people.

The UN's statement was the first time the council has taken official action against Burma and marked a shift by China that had previously used its council veto to block criticism of the country's rulers.

But China's foreign ministry has been quick to say that the move did not mean that it would support harsher action against its neighbour.

In a statement today, it said the Security Council's move was meant to support mediation efforts by its special adviser, Ibrahim Gambari, who is due to leave this weekend for an Asian tour, expected to culminate in his second visit to Burma.



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