Burma said the halting of U.S. aid since the September army takeover would disrupt opium eradication efforts and speed the flow of drugs to the world.

"The opium from the `Golden Triangle' of Laos, Thailand and Burma will surely spread out throughout the world," said an official newspaper."For Burma it is not our business what happens once it goes out. We can only look on with folded arms," it said.

The Working People's Daily said the decision to halt aid, which meant an end to U.S. funding of a program to spray opium poppies in the northeastern hills, was self-defeating.