Clinton says Myanmar changing but much more needed

AP News
Posted: Nov 11, 2011 10:01 PM
Clinton says Myanmar changing but much more needed

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Myanmar is making real progress toward reform but much more needs to be done, including the release of political prisoners.

Clinton said a recent visit by senior American diplomats found "real changes taking place on the ground."

The U.S. supports those efforts, but she said, "We know there must be much more done."

Clinton said the U.S. would continue to call for release of all political prisoners, an end to conflict in minority areas and greater transparency regarding Myanmar's relations with North Korea.

At stake are sanctions the U.S. and other Western countries imposed against the junta that had ruled Myanmar until handing over power to the current elected military-backed government in March this year.