- Thu, 12/01/2011 - 20:14
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday invited the leaders of Myanmar to continue and extend the following recent reforms, calling for the release of all political prisoners, an end to the violent campaign against ethnic minorities and the latest military relations with North Korea.
"We believe that any political prisoner anywhere should be released," Clinton told reporters during the first visit to this long-isolated nation by the top U.S. diplomat in more than 50 years. "One political prisoner is one too many in our view."
Clinton's comments before the meeting with the most famous political prisoner, opposition leader and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, which was released last year after two decades, turned on and off to imprisonment, and said he will run in upcoming elections.
Earlier at the meeting with the President Thein Sein and other senior government officials in the capital of Naypyidaw, Clinton proposed a compensation package for the steps that it had already been taken, but it is clear that more must be done.
However, Clinton presence has been overshadowed by the arrival of Prime Minister of Belarus and his wife, to whom they had erected two large welcoming signs at the airport and the road to the city.