Burma Generals: We'll Take Cash but No People; Fire Power: A T-90 Tank Rolls through Moscows Red Square Today in the First Major Victory Day Parade since 1990. More Than 140 Vehicles and Aircraft and 8,000 Military Personnel Took Part in the Parade, Marking Victory over Nazi Germany. Russias New President Dmitri Medvedev Said the Purpose of Weapons Was to Give Reliable Defence of the Homeland"

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Burma Generals: We'll Take Cash but No People; Fire Power: A T-90 Tank Rolls through Moscows Red Square Today in the First Major Victory Day Parade since 1990. More Than 140 Vehicles and Aircraft and 8,000 Military Personnel Took Part in the Parade, Marking Victory over Nazi Germany. Russias New President Dmitri Medvedev Said the Purpose of Weapons Was to Give Reliable Defence of the Homeland"


Byline: AMY IGGULDEN

AID supplies have arrived in Burma to help victims of the cyclone butauthorities are refusing entry to foreign workers, it emerged today.

The ruling generals in the devastated south-east Asian country say they aremaking "strenuous efforts" to help victims and claim they can do it alone.

They have been heavily criticised for hampering the relief effort after atleast 22,000 died and a million were made homeless by Cyclone Nargis.

Flights carrying high-energy biscuits from the UN were initially blocked andthe US said its military planes were refused entry.

Queues of aid workers are trying to get in to help the hundreds of thousandswithout food, water or shelter. Officials say people could die because no helpis getting to them and there are fears the death toll will rise to 100,000.

Today Burma's government said although it would welcome cash and emergency aidit had turned back a flight from Qatar which had an aid team and a media crewon board.

A foreign ministry statement carried by The New Light of Myanmar, the junta'snewspaper mouthpiece, said: "Currently Myanmar [Burma] has prioritisedreceiving emergency relief provisions and is making strenuous efforts totransport those provisions without delay by its own labours to the affectedareas.

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

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