02 Feb '11, 11pm

US says no to easing pressure on Myanmar

WASHINGTON - The United States said Wednesday it was premature to ease sanctions on Myanmar and urged the regime to take more concrete steps as it shakes up leadership following controversial elections. Kurt Campbell, the assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said after a trip to consult Southeast Asian nations that the United States was broadly disappointed with Myanmar but committed to maintain dialogue. "Several Southeast Asian nations have come out saying it's time to lift sanctions. We have stated very clearly we think that that is obviously premature," Campbell told reporters. "We are looking for much more concrete steps from the new government as they form a new government policy on a host of issues," he said. Myanmar, also known as Burma, this week convened a military-dominated parliament that the regime sees as a key step in its so-called roadmap to democrac...

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