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Cronies Must 'Change Their Behavior': US

4 March 2013

The Obama administration will continue to push the “handful of cronies” who control the Burmese economy to change their ways, a senior official said at a congressional hearing on Washington’s Burma policy last week. Patrick Murphy, the acting special representative and State Department policy coordinator for Burma, said the cronies “won’t benefit from our easing, but they in fact need to change their behavior so that all of Burma and all of its people can benefit.” He added the US would “target individuals and entities who thwart reform, perpetuate abuses and continue these bad practices of the past.”