Burma Signs of Hope ?

Foreign Secretary William Hague is the first UK foreign secretary to visit Burma in 50 years ... More wolves in sheeps clothing or signs of genuine progress ???

Mr Hague met Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin and told reporters that he had asked for progress in four areas: the release of political prisoners, fair by-elections, resolution of conflict with ethnic groups and humanitarian access to conflict areas.

"I have assured him that if they do, there will be a strongly positive response from the UK and, I believe, the rest of the European Union," Mr Hague said.

"The foreign minister has reaffirmed commitments that have been made to release political prisoners. He said the changes are irreversible and I welcome that way of thinking."

Hague will also meet President Thein Sein, a former junta general, and will hold talks on Friday with pro-democracy leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Overview of the human rights situation in Burma from here

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