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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2965

Unstable and undemocratic Burma may lead to instability

[b]Unstable and undemocratic Burma may lead to instability in the region - US Congressman[/b]

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

[b]Washington, D.C. 08 February ( [/b]The situation in Burma is one of the most intractable foreign policy challenges that the United States faces in Asia, says U.S. Congressman James Leach, chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the House International Relations Committee delivering an opening statement February 7 at a hearing on "Human Rights in Burma."

"The dilemma for the U.S. and other outside parties is how to craft the right mix of policies that can best help the people of Burma to move forward toward democracy and national reconciliation, as well as economic and social development," Leach noted before the subcommittee hearings commenced.

The U.S. Congressman warned the State Department officials who were present before his subcommittee for testimony that there is a regional dimension because Burma occupies an important strategic crossroads in Asia, sandwiched between China and India, the world’s two most populous countries. A stable and democratic Burma is not only less likely to be a source of tension and conflict in the region, but is also more likely to be an asset to our friends in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) he further said.

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