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Burma Can Be Model for Reform: US

27 July 2012

Praising the current Burmese leadership for unleashing a series of democratic and economic reforms, the Obama administration said that it hopes this would serve as a model for other authoritarian regimes around the world. “[Reform in Burma] is a signal also to those regimes who remain isolated and outside the international community of nations because of their thuggishness and brutality,” the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer told foreign journalists at the Washington Foreign Press Center on Thursday. “So I think that there are benefits that Burma can reap from moving in this direction that hopefully will be a model for others who are exercising dictatorships and who are not allowing their people to evolve in a democratic way.”