Leadership choices Myanmar`s internal issue: US

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 17:27

Washington: The US has no role in "leadership choices" in Myanmar as this is an internal issue of the country, but it would continue to play a constructive role in the democratic and economic progress in the South East Asian nation, a top presidential aide said on Tuesday.

"The United States has indicated that those governments which are prepared to move forward on reform, move forward on democracy and recognition of rights will have a partner in the United States," Tom Donilon, the National Security Advisor to the US President Barack Obama said.

Donilon was responding to questions on the US policies on Myanmar, formerly known is Burma, in the second term of Obama Administration after delivering a major policy speech on Asia at the prestigious Asia Society in New York.

"Thinking ahead in the role of leadership, Aung San Suu Kyi, Thein Sein, what are your thoughts on Burma`s future and what the United States would like to see for it?" he was asked.

"I don`t want to really comment on leadership choices, obviously, and internal issues along those lines. But this is view," Donilon responded.

He said there was no dilution in the US`s commitment to Myanmar, where new leaders have begun a process of reform.

"President Obama`s historic visit to Rangoon is proof of our readiness to start transforming a relationship marked by hostility into one of greater cooperation. Burma has already received billions in debt forgiveness, large-scale development assistance and an influx of new investment," he said.
"While the work of reform is ongoing, Burma has already broken out of isolation and opened the door to a far better future for its people in partnership with its neighbors and the United States. And as President Obama said in his speech to the people of Burma, we will continue to stand with those who continue to support rights, democracy and reform," Donilon said.
As such he urged North Korea to reflect on Myanmar`s experience and follow their path.


First Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 17:27

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