Many nations criticized the decision by Myanmar's junta to extend for another year of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi just days after foreign donors pledged $150 million to help cyclone victims.

 

"This measure testifies to the junta's absence of will to cooperate with the international community," said French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner. Australia expressed "regret," Britain was "saddened" and the United States was "deeply troubled."

Meanwhile, U.S. Adm. Timothy Keating said a group of Navy ships off Myanmar's coast would move on in days unless it was allowed to offload relief supplies.

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