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. Myanmar 'not ready' for foreign rescue teams: state media

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Yangon (AFP) May 9, 2008
Myanmar is "not ready" for foreign search and rescue teams after the deadly cyclone, the foreign ministry said Friday in a state newspaper, announcing that some aid workers had been deported.

A search and rescue team and media who arrived Wednesday on a flight from Qatar were deported the same day, the statement said.

"Currently Myanmar has prioritised receiving emergency relief provisions and is making strenuous efforts to transport those provisions without delay by its own labours to the affected areas," it said.

"As such, Myanmar is not ready to receive search and rescue teams as well as media teams from foreign countries."

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West presses Myanmar on aid, China says don't play politics
Washington (AFP) May 8, 2008
Western powers stepped up the pressure on Myanmar's rulers Thursday to quickly allow foreign aid into the cyclone-ravaged country, as China warned against politicizing the disaster.

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