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: Revised U.S. Policy Statement on (r)

The following is the Revised U.S.Policy Statement on Burma
 Dated: May 19, 1998


Julien Moe
The United States condemns in the strongest terms efforts by the State Law
and Order Restoration Council (SLORC), recently renamed the State Peace and
Development Council (SPDC), to prevent the citizens of Burma from exercising
their basic political rights. The United States wants an end to human rights
abuses and the installation of a democratically elected government in
Rangoon, and supports the aspirations of the National League for Democracy
(NLD) and the people of Burma, who desire what so many others around the
world now take for granted: the chance to freely express their views and to
be represented by leaders of their choosing.

Burma cannot fully rejoin the international community and gain the
assistance it needs until fundamental changes are made. The United States
maintains its position that a meaningful political dialogue between the
Burmese authorities and the democratic opposition leaders and
representatives of the ethnic groups is the only path to a solution of
Burma's crisis.

Source:U.S.Department of State