Burma's Independence Day

Press Statement
Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 3, 2012

January 4, 2012 marks the 64th anniversary of Burma’s independence.

We are unwavering in our support for a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic Burma.

The United States remains committed to pursuing principled engagement, and we are prepared to provide further support as reforms proceed and progress is made toward realizing the democratic aspirations of the Burmese people. We continue to call for the release of all political prisoners, a halt to hostilities in ethnic areas and an inclusive dialogue with ethnic minorities toward national reconciliation, space for all political parties to freely compete in April 1 by-elections, and full implementation of legislation to protect universal freedoms of expression, assembly, and association.

PRN: 2012/008