The United States excluded, Wednesday, April 25, to raise their main immediate sanctions against Burma, saying they want to keep leverage on the country. The EU and Canada have suspended this week most of their sanctions to acknowledge the political reform process initiated a year ago by the new regime in Burma.
In early April, following elections that had allowed the National League for Democracy (NLD) of opposition leaderto become the first opposition party in Parliament Burma, Secretary of State U.S., Hillary Clinton , announced the easing of restrictions on investment to Burma and the early appointment of an ambassador. The United States and lifted some of their penalties, but not major.
"EVERYTHING IS PINK"
Kurt Campbell, Deputy Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific and one of the architects of U.S. strategy in Burma, said Wednesday to members of Congress that the point of view of the U.S. administration "all is not rosy" in Burma and she had only ease some of its sanctions. "We must be able to respond in case there would be a reversal or a gel (reforms), this pressure is an essential component of our strategy," said Mr. Campbell.
Organizations of human rights have recently expressed concern about allegations of rape, forced labor and other abuses in the Kachin State in particular.