Clinton: U.S. Won't Impose Conditions on Burma

Published November 11, 2009

| AP

SINGAPORE -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S. will not impose conditions on Burma to force democratic changes there.

But she also says existing sanctions will remain in place until the junta makes "meaningful progress" toward democracy in key areas.

The United States has been urging the junta to hold fair elections, release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and allow her to return to political life.

Clinton says "this has to be resolved within" the country by its people. She told reporters Wednesday "we are not setting or dictating any conditions."

She is in Singapore to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings ahead of the group's summit this weekend. President Barack Obama will attend.

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