Burma's Independence Day

Press Statement
Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 30, 2009

Monday, January 4, 2010, marks the 62nd anniversary of Burma’s independence from British rule. We wish to express our warmest wishes to the people of Burma on this occasion.

In recent meetings with Burma's leaders, the United States reaffirmed its unwavering support for an independent, peaceful, prosperous, and democratic Burma. The United States stands ready to take steps to improve bilateral relations based on reciprocal and meaningful efforts by the Burmese government to fulfill the Burmese peoples' democratic aspirations.

We support the peaceful efforts of people everywhere to exercise freely their universal human rights, and we look forward to the day when Burma’s citizens will be able to do so. We hope that day will come soon.

PRN: 2009/1320