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UNICEF defends $90,000 a month rent in Myanmar

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Posted: May 23, 2014 2:53 AM

Updated: May 23, 2014 2:53 AM

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) The United Nations' children's agency is defending a decision to pay nearly $90,000 a month for its new office a three-story house owned by the family of an ex-army general who was slapped with U.S. sanctions during Myanmar's dictatorship.

UNICEF says in a press release Thursday it carried out an "extensive search," looking at more than 40 locations, before signing the deal.

Without mentioning the name of the Major Gen. Nyunt Tin whose family owns the property UNICEF said he no longer holds public office and is not currently subject to criminal charges or international sanctions.

Myanmar, which only recently emerged from half-century of military rule, has implemented sweeping reforms since handing power to a nominally civilian government three years ago.

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