Pacific Council delegation talks democracy in Myanmar with Aung San Suu Kyi

 Pacific Council delegation talks democracy in Myanmar with Aung San Suu Kyi

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14, 2013

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A delegation from the
Pacific Council on International Policy traveled to Myanmar last week for high
level discussions with individuals central to the peace process in that
country, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The group – led by
former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Mickey Kantor, former U.S. Ambassador to the
United Kingdom Robert H. Tuttle, and Pacific Council President and CEO Dr.
Jerrold D. Green – also met with leaders in government, business, and the
nonprofit sector.

The delegation included Dr. Irwin Jacobs, co-founder of Qualcomm, Inc.; Mr.
William H. Neukom, former CEO of the San Francisco Giants and current
President and CEO of the World Justice Project; and Mr. Scott Olivet, former
Chairman of Oakley, Inc. During visits to Yangon and Naypyidaw, delegates
sought to understand the pace and extent of current reforms and the effect of
existing international sanctions. "We are deeply interested in Myanmar's path
as it transitions toward democracy," said Dr. Green. "The challenges ahead are
enormous, and international partners can play an important role in supporting
the delicate process."

President Barack Obama visited Myanmar in late November, becoming the first
sitting U.S. president to do so, and delegation leaders called his trip a
"significant good faith gesture." Still, as violence continues in the northern
state of Kachin, Suu Kyi cautioned delegates against overestimating the
reforms initiated by Myanmar's government thus far. The peace process will be
gradual, she noted, and the country has a long way to go before the world
should consider it a functioning democracy.

During the week-long visit, delegates also met with U "Thura" Shwe Mann, the
speaker of the lower house of Parliament, and with U Than Nyein, the Governor
of Myanmar's Central Bank. Ambassador Derek Mitchell, the first U.S.
ambassador to the country since 1990, hosted the group for a discussion of
recent changes in the U.S. government's level of engagement with Myanmar.

"The Pacific Council was pleased to be able to hear and share ideas with Daw
Aung San Suu Kyi, Ambassador Mitchell, and others during our visit," said Dr.
Green. "We look forward to continuing our exchange and to serving as ongoing
partners in this process."

The Pacific Council on International Policy (,
headquartered in Los Angeles, is the leading international affairs
organization on the west coast of the United States. The Council is governed
by a Board of Directors chaired by the Honorable Mickey Kantor and Ambassador
Robert H. Tuttle. Dr. Jerrold D. Green serves as President and CEO.

Melissa Lockhart Fortner
Senior External Affairs Officer
Pacific Council on International Policy
213-221-2016 (direct)

SOURCE Pacific Council on International Policy

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