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U.S. Considering Easing Sanctions Against Burma


During his testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on April 25, 2012, State Department Assistant Secretary Kurt M. Campbell stated that, due to the positive political and economic reforms taking place in Burma, the U.S. has taken steps to ease some sanctions against the country and will consider further action as circumstances warrant.

Earlier this month Secretary of State Clinton announced five key steps in response to Burma's recent reforms:
- Re-establishment of the USAID mission at the Rangoon Embassy
- Lending U.S. support for a normal UNDP country program
- Authorizing funds to be sent by private U.S. entities to Burma for nonprofit activities
- Facilitating travel to the United States for select Burmese officials and parliamentarians
- Beginning a process to ease the bans on the exportation of U.S. financial services and new investment

Assistant Secretary Campbell noted that "We continue to emphasize that much work remains to be done in Burma and that easing sanctions will remain a step-by-step process. We have pursued a carefully calibrated posture, retaining as much flexibility as possible should reforms slow or reverse, while pressing the Burmese government for further progress in key areas."

The full text of Assistant Secretary Campbell's testimony is available at:

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