Irish rocker Bono has told a US Congressional hearing he is ashamed of Europe's poor support of sanctions against Myanmar.

American has launched diplomatic, trade and investment sanctions against the nation this week (begs17MAY04), after the military junta unveiled a national convention without releasing democracy leader AUNG SAN SUU KYI.

But Europe has yet to follow suit - much to Bono's dismay.

He told a Senate foreighn operations appropriateion subcommittee in Washington DC, "I am deeply ashamed as a European of the pitiful lack of volume of support for her (Aung San Suu Kyi)."

He added that British Prime Minister Tony Blair "has been doing some good work, but we need more and we need the rest of Europe to pay attention" to the situation in Myanmar.

Bono has long been a supporter of democracy in the former Burma - he dedicated WALK ON from U2's last album ALL THAT YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND to Aung San Suu Kyi, and the band's music is subsequently banned by the country's regime.

21/05/2004 18:13