Defend Truth

US open hand reaches out and touches Myanmar fist

US open hand reaches out and touches Myanmar fist

The Obama administration has made an abrupt turn and begun engaging with the ruling generals in Myanmar, even as it economic and financial sanctions against the military regime. This engagement opens a way to put new pressure on the regime to ensure that democratic elections scheduled in 2010 are free, fair and inclusive of the political opposition and ethnic minority groups. On Monday, State’s top East Asia official, Kurt Campbell, said, "For the first time in memory, the Burmese leadership has shown an interest in engaging with the United States, and we intend to explore that interest." The USG will press Myanmar "to comply with its international obligations, including on non-proliferation, ending any prohibited military or proliferation-related cooperation with North Korea, and full compliance with UNSC resolutions". The US policy review began in February after SecState Clinton decided neither sanctions nor ASEAN’s engagement policies had achieved positive results in moving the regime towards democratic change and a new strategy was needed. Clinton explained regional security concerns, the flow of narcotics, human trafficking, refugee populations in nearby countries, and communicable diseases, as well as its links to North Korea, were crucial.


Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted

MavericKids vol 3

How can a child learn to read if they don't have a book?

81% of South African children aged 10 can't read for meaning. You can help by pre-ordering a copy of MavericKids.

For every copy sold we will donate a copy to Gift of The Givers for children in need of reading support.

A South African Hero: You

There’s a 99.8% chance that this isn’t for you. Only 0.2% of our readers have responded to this call for action.

Those 0.2% of our readers are our hidden heroes, who are fuelling our work and impacting the lives of every South African in doing so. They’re the people who contribute to keep Daily Maverick free for all, including you.

The equation is quite simple: the more members we have, the more reporting and investigations we can do, and the greater the impact on the country.

Be part of that 0.2%. Be a Maverick. Be a Maverick Insider.

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options