ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
U.S. movement on Myanmar
By David Swartzentruber
However, the subsequent event, the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, appears to have had an impact in diplomatic circles, especially in the United States.
In Washington, a U.S. State Department spokesman is perhaps signaling a new era of engagement with Myanmar’s junta. In a news report a State department spokesman practically admitted that the many sanctions imposed by the United States government have had little effect on the junta and the way it goes about its business. However, the sanctions may have had a greater effect on the people of Myanmar, the spokesperson conceded.
The U.S. is apparently opening the door to talks with the generals and this is a welcome change in the long-standing isolationist policy adopted by the U.S. government.
It’s too early in the game to predict or expect what changes may evolve in Myanmar and much will depend on how Suu Kyi is treated by the junta in her new found freedom, but the status quo has been altered just enough to encourage further diplomatic developments.
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