Clinton's historic visit to Myanmar
December 2nd, 2011
01:29 PM ET

Clinton's historic visit to Myanmar

During her landmark visit to Myanmar, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met again Friday with Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner who intends to run in upcoming parliamentary elections with her newly registered political party.

Clinton met with Suu Kyi at her home, where the activist spent most of the last two decades under house arrest imposed by Myanmar's military regime.

"Because of this engagement, I think our way ahead will be clearer and we will be able to trust that the process of democratization will move forward," Suu Kyi said.

The new government has shown encouraging signs of reform and has released some political prisoners, but the activist said that all such prisoners must be released and that no one should be arrested for their beliefs.

"All hostilities must cease in this country," she said.

The road to democracy in Myanmar is closer than before, but there is still a ways to go, she added.

"We are not on that road yet, but we hope to get there as soon as possible with the help and understanding of our friends," she said.

Clinton became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the country in 50 years.

Clinton was in Myanmar to urge democratic reforms. Suu Kyi is regarded as the Southeast Asian country's leading reformer for democracy.

Clinton's trip was made possible by the nation's unexpected steps at democratic reform.

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  1. Renald

    I wouldn't be too sure about the Chinese angle. They view the crnuert junta as a stable influence, which allows Beijing to concentrate on its other spheres of influence. Also, the unknown/ untapped natural resources in Burma are handily placed for the ever expanding Chinese economy.Quite frankly, I can't see the crnuert administration in Washington doing anything, what with the lethargy descending on the White House as the term of the incumbent comes to a close. Added to which, the overthrow of Shinawatra in Thailand (popularly supported and backed by the King) showed the Western nations in their true light. The interim government is still not formally recognised and effectively shunned by the powers that be. This despite the coup d'etat bringing stability and freedoms to vast swathes of the country.The West views Burma as a basketcase, but a minor one. The monks and people are on their own.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:36 am | Reply
  2. crawbar

    Stupid smile, I hate her more than Obama

    December 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  3. evan s. eisenberg

    these are amazing times. go hillary. god's speed. best to you Aung San Suu Kyi.

    December 3, 2011 at 7:18 am | Reply

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