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US aid ships could soon leave Myanmar coast

SINGAPORE Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he'll decide within "a matter of days" to withdraw U.S. Navy ships from the coast of Myanmar, because "it's becoming pretty clear the regime is not going to let us help."


Sunday, Jun. 01, 2008
The Associated Press

As a result, he said many more storm victims will die, particularly those in areas that can only be reached by helicopters, such as those sitting idle on the U.S. ships.

Asked if the military junta there is guilty of genocide, Gates said, "I tend to see genocide more as a purposeful elimination of people, this is more akin, in my view, to criminal neglect."

Speaking to reporters at the close of an international security conference in Singapore, Gates said the Myanmar representative at the forum did not seem interested in speaking with him.