Myanmar's president calls for national unity

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Posted: Jan 04, 2012 4:05 AM
Myanmar's president calls for national unity

Myanmar's president has warned that the powerful influence of big nations threatens the sovereignty of smaller ones.

In comments Wednesday marking the 64th anniversary of independence from British rule, President Thein Sein made the traditional Independence Day call for national unity in the multiethnic nation. But the warning about the influence of powerful nations goes against his recent charm offensive toward the West.

Thein Sein's nominally civilian government has carried out some political and economic liberalization since taking power last March after decades of military repression. It seeks to improve relations with Western nations so they remove sanctions that were imposed because of political repression and human rights abuses.