Skip to comments.Clinton Calls for Suu Kyi's Release
Posted on 07/22/2009 10:08:07 PM PDT by nickcarraway
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the release of Myanmarese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi would also benefit the military-led isolated country. Speaking during a media event Wednesday at the ASEAN Regional Forum in Phuket, Thailand, Clinton said it is critical Suu Kyi be released, Voice of America reported.
"And if she were released, that would open up opportunities, at least for my country, to expand our relationship with Burma (former name of Myanmar), including investments in Burma," she said.
Clinton said such a step would be up to Myanmar's military junta.
"And we can only hope that perhaps in the conversation that are occurring between many other countries and representatives of Burma that are here today, there will be progress," she said.
Myanmar is a member of the 10-nation ASEAN or the Association of South East Asian Nations.
The 64-year-old Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since May 2003. Currently she is on trial, accused of violating her house arrest rules. If convicted, she faces up to five more years in jail.
Separately, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure to extend by another year a ban on imports from Myanmar. The ban was put into effect in 2003.
Clinton isn’t fit to wash Aung San Suu Kyi’s feet.
Clinton’s comment was for Western political consumption. It had nothing to do with Burma.
There!! That ought to do it.
What an utterly pathetic statement from a U.S. Secretary of State.
This isn’t really directed to nickcarraway. I just didn’t know how to get to post something on this forum so I hit “reply” to the first one on the site and it just happened to be nickcarraway’s. I just wanted to say, I wonder if New York residents know what kind of a place Phuket, Thailand is. I first heard of that place in a movie and I was curious so I googled it. One might think of Thailand as being a third world country. But google that place for yourself and you might be shocked, as I was. The homes in that place cost millions of dollars. The Ritz is a slum compared to Phuket, Thailand!
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