Myanmar has to earn international trust: Hillary

Myanmar still has 2,000 political prisoners and has yet to open dialogue with political opposition.

Updated: Jul 22, 2011, 12:18 PM IST

Bali: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Myanmar will lose the trust of the international community unless it releases its political prisoners and opens dialogue with the opposition.

She was speaking on Friday on the sidelines of Asia`s largest security gathering.

Myanmar held elections late last year, officially handing power to a civilian administration after a half-century of military rule and releasing pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.

But it still has 2,000 political prisoners and has yet to open dialogue with the political opposition and ethnic minorities.

Hillary said "the choice is clear”, release the prisoners and start talking or lose the confidence of the Myanmar people and the international community at large.

Bureau Report