Burma: Pro-democracy leader urged to apologise

BURMA'S military rulers yesterday called for the party of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to apologise to the public for backing Western sanctions it said were restricting the country's development.

It said the National League for Democracy party "have to mend their ways, begging public pardon for the acts they have breached in their interests, at the expense of that of the nation".

The comments followed a warning that Suu Kyi would face "a tragic end" and suggest the junta has not softened its stance towards her, despite releasing her from seven years of house arrest in November.