Readout of Secretary Clinton's Call with Aung San Suu Kyi
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Aung San Suu Kyi last night to review developments in Burma and to discuss the recent U.S. decision regarding sanctions. They talked about the need for specific steps to promote responsible, transparent investment, empower reformers, and target abusers. They agreed that the important progress of the past several months remains fragile and that the international community needs to help protect against backsliding. In this regard, the Secretary assured Aung San Suu Kyi that the United States is keeping its sanctions authorities in place as an insurance policy. Finally, they also discussed the urgent need for progress in resolving the ethnic conflicts and ending human rights abuses in the ethnic areas. They agreed to remain in close touch.