US envoy says Myanmar sanctions will remain

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Posted: Sep 14, 2011 2:19 AM
US envoy says Myanmar sanctions will remain

The new U.S. special representative to Myanmar says America plans to keep its sanctions on the military-dominated country. But Derek Mitchell concluded his first visit by saying Washington will respond positively if the new, nominally civilian government makes genuine reforms.

Mitchell said Wednesday in Yangon that he found heightened expectations for change, though many remain skeptical the government is commited to democracy.

He met with pro-democracy icon and former prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi during his six-day trip.

Mitchell said he asked officials to free about 2,000 remaining political prisoners, have dialogue with the opposition and investigate human rights abuses. He also raised conerns about Myanmar's military relationship with North Korea.