UN criticized over peacekeeping invite to Burma
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UN criticized over peacekeeping invite to Burma

WASHINGTON (AP) — Human Rights Watch is criticizing the United Nations for raising the possibility of Burma contributing U.N. peacekeepers.

The New York-based group says the nation’s military remains among the most abusive in the world.

The group voices its concerns in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that it made public Thursday.

Human Rights Watch says that despite Burma’s democratic opening, its military remains unreformed and continues to use child soldiers.

Ban’s special adviser on Burma raised the issue when he met with Burma’s commander in chief in late January. A spokesman says the adviser said that like any U.N. member state, Burma could discuss its interest in peacekeeping with the world body.

Burma’s U.N. mission did not immediately comment.