22 Jan '12, 3am

US Senator says change in the air in Myanmar: LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) - Following a trip to Myanmar, US Senato...

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) - Following a trip to Myanmar, US Senator Mitch McConnell told several hundred refugees in Louisville that he is hopeful for real change under the country's democratic reforms, but said it was too soon to lift sanctions. Mr McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, met on Saturday with the refugees, mostly from the Karen ethnic group who have settled in Kentucky since 2006, the Courier-Journal newspaper reported. Mr McConnell said the United States will track whether the upcoming April 1 elections are fair and monitor the release of political prisoners, some of whom he met with during his trip. He also said he would be relying on advice from pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in deciding on sanctions against the country. He said he understands the refugees plight, but 'clearly change is in the air.'

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