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Need to re-engage Myanmar in diplomacy: US Senator

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Need to re-engage Myanmar in diplomacy: US Senator

Washington: Advocating that economic sanctions against Myanmar be lifted, a US Senator who recently visited the country has said the need to immediately re-engage Myanmar in diplomacy.

“Right now we have an opportunity to try to construct a new formula, and it is vital for the interests of the United States in Southeast Asia that we re-engage across the Southeast Asian mainland. We are in real danger of losing our position, with the expansion of China, with this whole series of countries that I visited,” Senator Jim Webb, told the PBS news in an interview.

Senator Webb is the first US lawmaker to visit Myanmar in about a decade and meet Senior General Than Shwe and also noble laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi.

On his return, in an op-ed in ‘The New York Times’, he called for lifting of sanctions on Myanmar and said the ultimate objective is to encourage Myanmar become a responsible member of the world community.

“I am not saying lift sanctions immediately. I am saying we need to proceed immediately towards a formula where we can do that. By cutting off the United States and the European Union from Myanmar, as China is so heavily investing in the country, and we are seeing Myanmar now tilt away from our national interest. There’s got to be a different way to do this,” he argued.

Responding to a question on this critic of his Myanmar policy, Webb said, “The dissident groups that say you should have democracy first, really, I understand their frustrations, but they need to look at it a different way. Take what you can get and move toward democracy. That’s the way you can bring change in Asia.”

According to Webb, there are other dimensions to lifting sanctions, and that is allowing people from Western cultures to interact on a daily basis with the people of Myanmar and, through those sorts of interactions, raising a level of consciousness so that you can have the right sort of interest, in terms of changing a system.

“With respect to the meetings with General Than Shwe, is that I communicated to them as clearly as I could that the rest of the world views their government through the way that they treat Aung San Suu Kyi and it was important for them to show more even-handedness there,” Webb said.

Bureau Report

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 29, 2009 at 5:59 pm

World focus on Burma (29-8-2009)

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Bangkok Post : The forgotten political prisoners

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Vatican Radio – ‎

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TMCnet – ‎

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The Associated Press – Tini Tran – ‎

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Reuters – ‎

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The Associated Press – Tini Tran – ‎

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AHN – Siddique Islam – ‎

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SamayLive – Noor Khan – ‎

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AFP – ‎

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Reuters – Martin Petty – ‎

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Zee News – ‎

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AsiaNews.it – ‎

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Journal of Turkish Weekly – ‎

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英文中國郵報 – ‎

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Canada.com –

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Canada.com – ‎

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BBC News – ‎‎

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Voice of America –

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 29, 2009 at 5:32 pm