1 July, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 08/17/2009
MYANMAR – UNITED STATES
Aung San Suu Kyi “not opposed” to lifting some sanctions
US Senator Jim Webb makes the claim after meeting Myanmar’s opposition leader. Review of policy towards the military junta is needed since it has proven ineffective. US citizen John Yettaw, who caused Nobel Prize laureate’s arrest, has left the country.

Yangon (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for democracy (NLD), Myanmar’s main opposition party, is “not opposed” to the partial lifting of sanctions against the country’s military junta, US Senator Jim Webb said today. a few days ago he met both the Nobel Prize laureate in Yangon and junta strongman Than Shwe in Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s administrative capital.  

In the past Aung San Suu Kyi openly discouraged foreign investors and governments from reaching economic agreements with the country’s military junta. This time things appear different according to Webb, who on several occasions criticised US sanctions for failing to meet their goal.

“With respect to Aung San Suu Kyi, I don't want to take the risk of misrepresenting her views but I would say to you it was my clear impression from her that she is not opposed to lifting some sanctions,” Webb said. “I can say it was my impression from listening to her in the conversation that there were some areas that she would be willing to look at”.

In his stay in Myanmar Senator Webb also met General Than Shwe, head of the country’s military regime. This meeting was the highest between a Myanmar and a US official.

Following Aung San Suu Kyi’s sentence to 18 months of house arrest, the European Union and the United States renewed their sanctions against Myanmar.

However, some senior US politicians, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have said a review was needed in light of their inefficacy. Critics of the existing policy insist that a new approach towards Myanmar was needed

Lastly US citizen John Yettaw, 54, was deported yesterday. Currently, he is being treated in a Thai hospital.

A court in Myanmar had sentenced him to seven years of hard labour for entering Aung San Suu Kyi’s home.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
02/02/2009 MYANMAR
Aung San Suu Kyi meets with UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari
02/09/2011 MYANMAR
Western sanctions touch the regime, not the people, trade union leader says
02/08/2011 MYANMAR
Burmese opposition now open to changes to Western sanctions
01/21/2005 JAPAN – CHINA – EUROPEAN UNION
Japan against lifting arms sale ban against China
09/29/2009 MYANMAR
Aung San Suu Kyi holds out hand to military junta to end sanctions

Editor's choices
ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST
Al Azhar and Vatican against terrorism. The ambiguity of the international community
by Bernardo CervelleraThe influential Sunni university denounces " heinous" violence of the Islamic state and demands the world defeat this group “through every possible means". Vatican: terrorism is a threat to all humanity. France claims to fight terrorism, but then sells weapons, aircraft, helicopter gunships to Saudi Arabia, which supports Islamic fundamentalism. Kuwait tolerates Salafis who support the Nusra Front and the Islamic state. Turkey against the Kurds; the United States against Iran, Russia and China.
TUNISIA - ISLAM
Tunis, stop terrorism by closing fundamentalist mosquesPresident Essebsi believes unified and global strategy needed to counter terrorism. The attack in Sousse almost simultaneous with those in France, Kuwait, Somalia. Islamic State claims responsibility.
VATICAN – ITALY
Pope in Turin tells young people to be chaste in love, go against the flow and not retire at 20In his last meeting on the first day of his visit to Turin, Francis met young people in Vittorio Square. In a Question and Answer exchange, he talked about love, friendship and loss of trust towards life. "I understand you. How many hypocrites speak of peace and sell weapons. How can one trust? By following Christ, whose act of extreme love, i.e. the Cross, saved humanity." The pontiff also looked at the horrors of the 20th century as evidence of the loss of trust towards world powers. He urged young people “not to retire at 20,” but “live, don’t just exist.”

Dossier

Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.