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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar shadow government reaps diplomatic harvest

Group gaining allies ahead of UN meeting, says group's foreign minister

The United Nations headquarters in New York and protesters in Yangon: Myanmar's military junta is battling the opposition for international recognition. (Source photos by Getty Images)

BANGKOK -- Myanmar's parallel National Unity Government is pressing the world's democracies to support its battle with the military regime to take control of the country’s U.N. seat.

The opposition has pursued international recognition since the military regime overthrew the democratically elected government in February. The regime has also raised the stakes in this showdown during this month's 76th U.N. General Assembly, where the world body's Credentials Committee, made up of nine countries, will decide who will occupy Myanmar's U.N. seat. The choice is between the Myanmar opposition group's nominee and the military regime's.

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