US urges Myanmar to end hostilities

United States has repeatedly voiced disappointment with Myanmar`s progress on democracy.

Last Updated: Jun 16, 2011, 23:32 PM IST

Washington: The United States on Thursday
called on Myanmar to cease hostilities in northern ethnic
minority regions after deadly clashes triggered an exodus of
refugees into neighbouring China.

State Department spokeswoman Kelly McKellogg said that
the United States was "monitoring the situation carefully" in
Myanmar, which is also known as Burma.

"We call on the Burmese authorities to cease any such
hostilities and begin a dialogue with opposition and ethnic
minority groups towards national reconciliation," she said.

Washington: The United States on Thursday
called on Myanmar to cease hostilities in northern ethnic
minority regions after deadly clashes triggered an exodus of
refugees into neighbouring China.

State Department spokeswoman Kelly McKellogg said that
the United States was "monitoring the situation carefully" in
Myanmar, which is also known as Burma.

"We call on the Burmese authorities to cease any such
hostilities and begin a dialogue with opposition and ethnic
minority groups towards national reconciliation," she said.

President Barack Obama`s administration in 2009 opened
a dialogue with Myanmar, concluding that efforts to isolate
the regime had failed.

But the United States has repeatedly voiced
disappointment with Myanmar`s progress on democracy, human
rights and other key concerns.

PTI