U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain is “ready to respond” to steps to make Myanmar a democracy and that he will thank the nation’s President Thein Sein for action already taken to liberalize the political process.
“If Burma moves towards democracy then we should respond in kind and we should not be slow in doing that,” Cameron told BBC Radio 5 today as he traveled to Malaysia on the third day of a visit to Asia. “But first I want to go and see on the ground for myself how things are going.”
Cameron is scheduled to travel to Myanmar tomorrow, where he will become the first major head of state to visit the former military junta since it held by-elections on April 1. Myanmar dissident Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won 43 of 45 seats it competed for in the contest.
Myanmar is pushing the U.S. and European Union to end sanctions after Thein Sein released political prisoners, eased media restrictions and dismantled a fixed exchange rate that hindered investment.