30 Sep '11, 7pm

US hails Myanmar's halt to dam project

WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday praised Myanmar's president for halting the construction of a mega dam, saying it showed the military-backed leadership was listening to its people. Myanmar President Thein Sein ordered work on the controversial $3.6 billion mega dam to stop after rare public opposition to the Chinese-backed hydropower project. "We welcome Burmese President Thein Sein's announcement today that Burma will suspend construction" of the Myitsone Dam, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters. "We also note that he has said in his statement that his concern was that this project contradicted the will of the Burmese people," Nuland said. "So we consider it a significant and positive step that the Burmese government is endeavouring in this case to respond to the concerns of its people and also to promote national reconciliation at least on...

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