Burma still ‘firmly under military control’, says US admiral

Burma still ‘firmly under military control’, says US admiral

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Burma still ‘firmly under military control’, says US admiral

Burma Times: 03 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nominee to become the next commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific says the time isn’t right to expand nascent military ties with Burma as the Southeast Asian nation remains “firmly under military control.”

That’s an unusually stern assessment from a U.S. official of the state of reforms in Burma. Adm. Harry Harris Jr. was responding in writing to policy questions posed for his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday.

Burma’s shift from direct military rule toward a more democratic system was meant to be a crowning foreign policy achievement for President Barack Obama. Restrictions have eased in the past three years, but there’s been no change to a junta-era constitution. Obama acknowledged on a visit last month that reforms have slowed or even moved backward.

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