Obama removes Suu Kyi’s release from statement

UPDATE: Obama couldn’t convince ASEAN 10 to make a statement though he did come out with strong words. Maybe participating more often in these meetings could have a positive impact.

“There are clear steps that must be taken: the unconditional release of all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi; an end to conflicts with minority groups; and a genuine dialogue between the government, the democratic opposition and minority groups,” according to Obama, who said the regime should work to ensure its people’s needs are met.

Maybe he’s a fierce advocate for human rights too. Reaching out to Myanmar to try another path forward is fine but dropping calls for the release of Suu Kyi in a public statement is beyond disappointing. So now supporting a Novel Laureate who is under house arrest is even too hot to handle for Obama. Who will be thrown under the bus next?

President Barack Obama and his Southeast Asian counterparts are expected to drop a call for Myanmar’s ruling generals to release political prisoners, including pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, ahead of elections next year.

A joint statement to be issued after a summit Sunday between the U.S. president and leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations — their first ever — devotes an entire section to Myanmar, a major irritant in relations between the two sides.


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