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9/27/11  United States (IW) — The Obama administration wants Burma’s new government to take steps that show its commitment to genuine representative democracy, a senior US official told the Burmese foreign minister last week.
The US government’s views were conveyed to Burmese Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin on the sidelines of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly in New York last week when he met with Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell.
Campbell was accompanied by the special representative and policy coordinator for Burma, Derek Mitchell, who visited the country earlier this month.
“They emphasized that the United States seeks concrete steps from the government of Burma to signify a genuine commitment to reform, including release of all political prisoners, further meaningful dialogue with Aung San Suu Kyi, a cessation of hostilities in and violence against ethnic areas, and transparency in its relationship with North Korea,” a State Department spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the US Campaign for Burma submitted a petition to the Obama administration on Monday that was signed by some 13,000 Americans demanding that the US take action to end crimes against humanity in Burma.
The petition, delivered to Stephen Rapp, the US ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, by Aung Din of the US Campaign for Burma, calls on President Barack Obama to provide stronger global leadership to end crimes against humanity in Burma.

“As the Burmese military’s offensives against ethnic troops have gone along with atrocities against innocent civilians in the war zones, Burmese soldiers are destroying ethnic villages, raping women and girls, forcing people into slave labor and leaving them no choice but to flee their homeland,” it said.
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