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US diplomats to visit Myanmar Tuesday

US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell will visit Myanmar next week, Chinese news agency Xinhua quoted US State Department as saying.

"Assistant Secretary Kurt Campbell and Deputy Assistant Secretary Scott Marciel are scheduled to travel to Burma (Myanmar) November 3 and 4," said State Department spokesman Robert Wood.

"They expect to meet with senior government officials and with members of the opposition, including Aung San Suu Kyi as well as representatives of ethnic groups," said the spokesman.

Campbell's visit came one month after the Obama administration held a senior-level dialogue with representatives of the Myanmar's leadership in New York on September 29.

According to Wood, the visit's aim is to "continue this dialogue."

Citing Myanmar's military junta of crackdown on democracy, the United States has downgraded its level of representation in Myanmar from ambassador to charge d'Affaires and has imposed broad sanctions since the 1988 military coup.

Following months of policy-reviewing, the Obama administration wants to begin a direct dialogue with Myanmar in order to "lay out the path to better relations," said Campbell in a recent speech relating to US policy toward Myanmar.

According to the senior diplomat, the administration will continue to support a "unified, peaceful, prosperous and democratic" Myanmar that respects the human rights of its citizens, and press Myanmar to comply with its international obligations, including full compliance with the UN Security Council Resolutions of 1874 and 1718.

"If Burma makes meaningful progress toward these goals, it will be possible to improve the relationship with the United States in a step-by-step process. We recognise that this will likely be a long and difficult process and we are prepared to sustain our efforts on this front," said Campbell.


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