ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
U.S. to talk with Myanmar
"We will have meetings in the coming weeks," State Department spokesman PJ Crowley told a news briefing on Monday, adding that Washington would watch closely to see how Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is treated by the government of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
"We are prepared to have a different kind of relationship with Burma but there are things that Burma will have to do," Mr Crowley added, without offering specifics. "It will take more than one action to change our policy."
Suu Kyi's release on Saturday after seven years in detention came a week after the country's military rulers permitted polls that were won by a military-backed party, causing many foreign observers to dismiss it as a sham designed to prolong the junta's control.
The Nobel laureate will have no official political role but could serve as a go-between for the West and the reclusive military leadership particularly on the issue of sanctions.
Suu Kyi said on Sunday she was willing to enter into a dialogue with Western countries on sanctions, which she once supported but which analysts say may now be hurting the Burmese people rather than the ruling generals.
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