US extends sanctions on Myanmar

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Myanmar’s Prime Minister Thein Sein at a visit in Yangon in July 2012

The US Congress on August 2 voted for an extension of the disputed import ban against Myanmar products. Both the Senate and the House of Representative approved the legislation on a voice vote, sending it to President Barack Obama to sign into law.

The bill reauthorises the ban for three years, but only extends it for one year. The administration has the authority to waive import sanctions should it determine that Myanmar has met certain conditions.

The US has eased other restrictions on Myanmar in hopes of encouraging reform. On July 11, Obama gave the green light to US companies to invest in Myanmar and partner with its controversial state oil and gas company.

The US, however, wants Myanmar to do more to implement political and economic reforms, and is worried about the protection of human rights, government corruption and the role of the military in Myanmar’s economy.

“By renewing this bill and keeping the measure on the books even as we are open to new flexibilities, we will help send a strong signal to those in Myanmar,” Representative Joe Crowley, a member of Obama’s Democratic Party, was quoted as saying by news agencies.

 

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Myanmar’s Prime Minister Thein Sein at a visit in Yangon in July 2012

The US Congress on August 2 voted for an extension of the disputed import ban against Myanmar products. Both the Senate and the House of Representative approved the legislation on a voice vote, sending it to President Barack Obama to sign into law.

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Myanmar’s Prime Minister Thein Sein at a visit in Yangon in July 2012

The US Congress on August 2 voted for an extension of the disputed import ban against Myanmar products. Both the Senate and the House of Representative approved the legislation on a voice vote, sending it to President Barack Obama to sign into law.

The bill reauthorises the ban for three years, but only extends it for one year. The administration has the authority to waive import sanctions should it determine that Myanmar has met certain conditions.

The US has eased other restrictions on Myanmar in hopes of encouraging reform. On July 11, Obama gave the green light to US companies to invest in Myanmar and partner with its controversial state oil and gas company.

The US, however, wants Myanmar to do more to implement political and economic reforms, and is worried about the protection of human rights, government corruption and the role of the military in Myanmar’s economy.

“By renewing this bill and keeping the measure on the books even as we are open to new flexibilities, we will help send a strong signal to those in Myanmar,” Representative Joe Crowley, a member of Obama’s Democratic Party, was quoted as saying by news agencies.

 

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