Posted by: maboulette | November 30, 2011

HILLARY CLINTON VISITS BURMA


Hillary Rodham Clinton, January 2007

Hillary Clinton landed in Myanmar Wednesday in what is the country’s first visit by a U.S.secretary of state in more than 50 years.  Clintonsaid her intention is to assess recent reforms by the country’s ruling junta, including the release of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and other political protesters. “I will obviously be looking to determine for myself what the intention is of the current government with respect to continued reforms,” said Clinton.

“We and many other nations are very hopeful that these flickers of progress as President (Barack) Obama called them in Bali will be ignited into a movement for change that will benefit the people of the country.”

Ruled by a junta since 1962, Myanmaris now under a new president, Thein Sein, elected in March. The new government freed dozens of political prisoners last month following the earlier release last November of Aung San Suu Kyi, the 1991 Nobel Peace winner and one of the world’s most famous pro-democracy supporters.

Clinton was scheduled to meet Suu Kyi for a private dinner. It will be the first time Clintonhas met Suu Kyi, but they have spoken on the phone before, a senior State Department official said. Suu Kyi was was held for most of the past two decades under house arrest and was released last November.

U.S.officials say the Obama administration began reviewing its policy on Myanmarin 2009 when it came into office. It began talking with major players in the region, including China, and with European leaders.

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