Let’s see what happens

Well it’s been a busy week for all us, but I want to do some wrap-up of Clinton’s trip.

Here’s a main point: Thein Sein has to take real steps to show reform is going to happen, the ball is in his court.

Here are some quotes from some of her final press talks:

“We’re going to be watching. That’s – our measurement is what actually happens – not what is promised or not what is intended, but whether it’s delivered.”

“I judge people by their actions, and there have been some promising actions, but there needs to be a lot more.”

“We agreed that an important test of the government-stated commitment to reform and change will be the unconditional release of all prisoners of conscience.

We also discussed national reconciliation, which remains a defining challenge, as it has been since independence. There can be no true peace or justice until it is shared by everyone in every part of this beautiful, diverse country. And while there has been some progress in political and social matters, particularly here in Rangoon, terrible violence continues elsewhere, especially in some of the ethnic nationality areas, which, in addition to the continuing conflicts, suffer from unacceptably high rates of poverty, disease, and illiteracy, and from the systematic use of rape as a weapon of war, which I raised directly with the government yesterday.

Now, as I said yesterday, and I will repeat today, we are prepared to go further if the reforms maintain momentum. But history teaches us to be cautious. We know that there have been serious setbacks and grave disappointments over the last decades. And we want to see a sustainable reform effort that produces real results on behalf of the democratization and the economic opening of Burma.”

“So I think it certainly is the right thing to do, but we’re not making any long-term commitment. This is a first date, not a marriage, and we’ll see where it leads.”


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