White House Responds to Myanmar Violence

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is calling on "all civilized nations" to put pressure on Myanmar to end its violent crackdown on demonstrations.

President Bush and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown talked about the situation via secure video teleconference. Later, Brown said he believes the loss of life has been "far greater" than has been reported. Myanmar's government says 10 people have been killed this week, but dissident groups have put the number as high as 200.

White House spokesman Scott Stanzel also criticized the military-run government for cutting off Internet access, saying "They don't want the world to see what is going on there."

Stanzel says Bush and Brown agreed on the importance of a planned visit this weekend a U.N. special envoy and on the need for the world community to make clear the junta needs to "refrain from violence and move to a peaceful transition to democracy."

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