US `troubled` by Myanmar election preparations: Envoy

A top US envoy on Saturday voiced concern about the election preparations in Myanmar.

Bangkok: A top US envoy on Saturday voiced concern
about the election preparations in Myanmar ahead of his visit
there for talks with the ruling junta and detained opposition
leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

"We`re troubled by much of what we`ve seen and we have
very real concerns about the elections laws and the
environment that`s been created," said Kurt Campbell, the
assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

"Our team would like the opportunity to engage directly
and see what the plans are in terms of the overall approach of
the elections," he told a news conference in Bangkok.

Campbell was due to fly to Myanmar`s capital Naypyidaw
today for talks with government officials, followed by a
meeting on Monday with Suu Kyi, who has been has been in
detention for 14 of the past 20 years.

Suu Kyi`s National League for Democracy (NLD) was forcibly
dissolved two days back under widely criticised laws governing
elections that are scheduled for later this year, the first in
two decades.

Campbell met the 64-year-old Nobel peace laureate in
Yangon last November when he became the highest-ranking US
official to visit Myanmar in 14 years.

President Barack Obama`s administration last year
launched a policy of engaging Myanmar`s rulers in a bid to
promote democracy and improve human rights, but has since
sharply criticised the junta`s approach to elections.

PTI