McCain drops plan to expand US military ties with Myanmar

AP News
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 6:45 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee is canning plans to expand U.S. military ties with Myanmar because of its persecution of minority Rohingya (ROH'-hin-GAH') Muslims.

Sen. John McCain said in a statement Tuesday that he had hoped for greater U.S. engagement with Myanmar after it transitioned to civilian government last year, ending decades of military rule in the Southeast Asian nation.

But he says circumstances have changed, with 370,000 Rohingya fleeing violence and destruction in the last month in what the United Nations has described as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing."

McCain says the international community has called upon civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to stop the violence and hold human rights abusers accountable, "but there has been no action to-date."