Refocusing on Myanmar

06 October 2010 by Paul Anstiss

With the upcoming elections in Myanmar, the world is refocusing its attention on the military regime that is ruling the country. The US has recently voiced its support for a UN inquiry into alleged war crimes.

Ashley South is an independent writer and consultant, specialising in humanitarian and political issues in Myanmar and Southeast Asia. He spoke to IJT's Paul Anstiss.

Myanmar, or Burma, has been a very difficult country to crack, now the US is talking about supporting a war crime probe, do you think that it will bring Myanmar back into line or is it likely to drive the country away?
It is difficult to see how a commission of inquiry could really be a force towards reconciliation domestically, within Myanmar. The government is already quite dominated by an ‘officer clique’ that is quite paranoid regarding international relations, and has been driven by the isolation and sanctions regime of Western governments, towards having a much closer relationship with China than might otherwise have been the case.

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