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US reviewing Myanmar policy

Seeking a representative government in Myanmar that responds to the will of the people, the US has said it is reviewing its policy towards the country as those pursued by the previous administrations have failed to yield desired results.

world Updated: Feb 21, 2009 12:12 IST

Seeking a representative government in Myanmar that responds to the will of the people, the US has said it is reviewing its policy towards the country as those pursued by the previous administrations have failed to yield desired results.

"Our Burma (Myanmar) policy is under review. We are looking at ways in which to engage the Burmese people better. We are looking at ways in which we can try to affect the leaders in Burma," said Gordon Duguid, the State Department Acting Deputy Spokesperson.

Referring to the statement in this regard made by the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in Tokyo, he said: "As the Secretary said, many different ways that we have tried in the past don't seem to have affected them much one way or the other, so we are looking at new ways to try and affect their behaviour."

Gordon said the goal of United States with regard to Burma remains the same.

"That is to have a representative government that responds to the will of the people, and that will needs to be freely expressed," he said.