Myanmar (Burma)

    Myanmar's prime minister met US Senator Jim Webb on Sept. 28 after telling the UN General Assembly that the military rulers are pressing ahead with democratic reforms but want an end to sanctions. "The (US) administration's new policy and the commitment of the Myanmar government to holding elections next year are both signals that we have the potential to change the dynamic of this important relationship," Webb said after talks with premier Gen. Thein Sein. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also met Thein Sein at UN headquarters and told him his government needs to hold "credible and inclusive elections" and release Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners, Ban's press office said. (Reuters)

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