Saturday, May 10, 2008

Commons adopts motion urging Myanmar military to accept world aid

OTTAWA — The Commons unanimously adopted a resolution Friday urging Myanmar's reclusive military regime to accept international relief teams in the wake of last weekend's catastrophic cyclone.

The government acknowledged how hard it is to deal with the "very difficult regime" and said it will do all it can to help the storm victims. The xenophobic Burmese junta has said it will accept aid, but is leery of allowing foreign aid workers into the country.

Liberal Bob Rae suggested the world should invoke the "responsibility to protect" doctrine and force the junta to accept help.

"The time has come for Canada to contact our allies - France, the U.S., the U.K., and other allies - to discuss the need to invoke that doctrine," he said.

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