Comments on Meetings in Burma

Kurt M. Campbell
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Yangon Airport, Burma
November 4, 2009

AP Soundite of Assistant Secretary Kurt Campbell

"Today in Rangoon, our team met with ethnic representatives and had a two hour meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi during which we reaffirmed our commitment to a dialogue among the government, the opposition and the ethnic groups. The goal of such a dialogue would be national reconciliation and a fully inclusive political process inside Burma. Towards that end, we urge the Burmese government to allow Aung San Suu Kyi more frequent interactions with stakeholders especially the Central Executive Committee of her own party. In meetings with the government including the Prime Minister, the Minister of Information, the Minister of Science and Technology and many others, we clearly stated that the U.S. is prepared to take steps to improve the relationship. But that process must be based on reciprocal and concrete efforts by the Burmese government."