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Burma President Affirms Slowly Declining Role for Military

Burmese President Thein Sein says his country's military has a vital but slowly decreasing role to play as Burma, also known as Myanmar, transitions to a democracy.In a speech marking his third year in office, he told parliament Wednesday that the country is at a critical juncture and still needs the military to play an important part. "We have to balance democratic maturity with the development of local peace to decrease the role of [the army] gradually."He also urged those...

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