Clinton Myanmar

November 30, 2011 by staff 

Clinton Myanmar, Making a diplomatically risky trip to the long-isolated Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she wanted to see for herself whether new civilian leaders are truly ready to throw off 50 years of military dictatorship – a test that includes rare face-to-face meetings with former members of the junta whose brutal rule made a poor pariah state of one of the region’s most resource-rich nations.

During her visit, Clinton will also encourage Myanmar, also known as Burma, to sever military and nuclear ties with North Korea.

Clinton arrived on Wednesday in the capital of Naypyidaw on the first trip by a US secretary of state to Myanmar in more than 50 years.

She is to meet senior Myanmar officials on Thursday before heading to the commercial capital of Yangon, where she will see opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who is returning to the political scene after years of detention and harassment.

“I am obviously looking to determine for myself and on behalf of our government what is the intention of the current government with respect to continuing reforms both political and economic,” Clinton told reporters before her arrival here.

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