Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Travels to South Korea and Burma

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to the Republic of Korea and Burma from November 30 to December 2, 2011.

Secretary Clinton will travel to Busan, Republic of Korea November 30 to attend the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. Secretary Clinton's participation reflects the United States' strong political commitment to development as key pillar of global security, prosperity, and democratic progress. The Busan Meeting represents a landmark opportunity for world leaders to take stock of recent changes in the development landscape and chart a new course for global cooperation. Her visit also underscores the breadth and depth of the U.S.-ROK partnership.

Secretary Clinton will then travel to Nay Pyi Taw and Rangoon, Burma, from November 30 - December 2. This historic trip will mark the first visit to Burma by a U.S. Secretary of State in over a half a century. Secretary Clinton will underscore the U.S. commitment to a policy of principled engagement and direct dialogue as part of our dual-track approach. She will register support for reforms that we have witnessed in recent months and discuss further reforms in key areas, as well as steps the U.S. can take to reinforce progress. She will consult with a broad and diverse group of civil society and ethnic minority leaders to gain their perspectives on developments in the country. Counselor Cheryl Mills, Assistant Secretary Kurt Campbell, Assistant Secretary Michael Posner, Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma Derek Mitchell, and Policy Planning Director Jake Sullivan will accompany her.

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Tony W.
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United Kingdom
November 30, 2011

Tony W. in the U.K writes:

Seems to me that the few concessions the Burmese junta has made lately are in response to the pressure being applied from outside.

Secretary Clinton's visit is a great opportunity to make it clear that this is just the beginning of the process, and to define clearly the next steps that are needed before trade and normal relations can resume.

The Burmese people need a clear message that the US supports their struggle for democracy.

Ed D.
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United Kingdom
November 30, 2011

Ed D. in the U.K. writes:

Regimes like Burma's military always crave legitimacy. Don't give this to them until they earn it by ending the brutal treatment the visit upon their own citizens.

carl b.
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California, USA
November 30, 2011

Carl B. in California writes:

hilary, please make sure that a true democracy is the expectation for and in burma, is the message you deliver to the leaders and to the people of this highly repressed society! thank you for your efforts...carl

Lis J.
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United Kingdom
November 30, 2011

Lis J. in the U.K. writes:

Dear Ms Clinton,

Please be robust in calling for more democracy and the installation of civilian law. Military rule is still entrenched. Most political prisoners remain in jail and the Burmese army's brutality has kicked into high gear targeting ethnic civilians.

There is a clear path towards real change in Burma -- the release of all political prisoners, a ceasefire, holding all those responsible for atrocities to account, amending the Constitution, and genuine moves towards national reconciliation.

Your visit is the first by a US Secretary of State in 50 years. If you join with the courageous Burmese democracy activists now to keep up the pressure -- you could help make these changes happen.

Thank you

M. D.
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Spain
November 30, 2011

M.D. in Spain writes:

Please do support Nobel Laureate, Aung Sang Suu Kyi, and ask the regime to release all political prisoners and end the targeted violence against ethnic groups.

Jean G.
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New Zealand
November 30, 2011

Jean G. in New Zealand writes:

Dear Hilary,
Burma has a long way still to go before the military regime can be applauded for their stance. Please do not lift sanctions until they have released their political prisoners and stop the violence against their own civilians.
The world is becoming less accepting of this sort of government.
Regards, Jean.

Donna B.
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Idaho, USA
November 30, 2011

Donna B. in Idaho writes:

Please keep up the pressure for reform as you travel to Burma

Leslie L.
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Canada
November 30, 2011

Leslie L. in Canada writes:

Dear Ms. Hilary Clinton,
Show the strength we know you embody. Maintain pressure on Burma calling for major democratic reform. It is a statement to the world as well as for the People of Burma.

Clare W.
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United States
November 30, 2011

Mother Clare W. in the U.S.A. writes:

Dear Secretary, Please do not pass up this chance to use the favor that Burma seeks to get from us to insist that they stop the atrocious practices that have imprisoned and tortured so many innocents. Make no deal unless they release all the political prisoners and mend their ways toward justice and tolerance of all.

R H.
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South Africa
November 30, 2011

R.H. in South Africa writes:

Burma has been in the cold - of its own doing - for a long time so please maintain pressure for genuine and sustained political reform to the benefit of the populous at large. Step by step monitoring will be required to assess real change.

Ruth F.
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United Kingdom
November 30, 2011

Ruth F. in the U.K. writes:

Dear Ms Clinton,

I'm so pleased to hear that you are visiting Burma. I do hope that you will be able to take the opportunity to press the regime to move towards genuine democracy and political freedom.

Kind regards,
Ruth

eagle
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United Kingdom
November 30, 2011

Eagle in the U.K. writes:

hi sec
a very influential is held down in burma, and i believe this online protest and public out cry will strengthen another very influential woman from america who can do something to aid her release and eventually she may be able to have a say in how burma is run

british49
November 30, 2011

WWW writes:

so amused you are visiting Bruma

Adam K.
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United Kingdom
November 30, 2011

Adam K. in the U.K writes:

Dear Hilary,

Please help push for reform and change in Burma to ensure that its people experience the freedom and democracy enjoyed by Americans. You are in a strong position to influence Burma's future, so please do the right thing.

Many thanks, Adam.

Diana V.
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Australia
November 30, 2011

Diana V. in Australia writes:

Thank you for your engagement with Burma.

Please do your utmost to support the courageous Aung Sang Suu Kyi.

Fay L.
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New Zealand
November 30, 2011

Fay L. in New Zealand writes:

Please let the Burmese Gov't know that the World will still be watching their treatment of their citizens, and the progress toward a more open and tolerant society. Thank you.

Janet B.
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United Kingdom
November 30, 2011

Janet B. in the U.K writes:

Please let the Burmese Government know that we want continued progress. Please call for the release of all political prisoners and an end to state violence directed towards those who do not support the dictatorship. Thank you.

Melissa D.
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United Kingdom
November 30, 2011

Melissa D. in the U.K writes:

Please demand that Burma carry out real political reforms. Let the Burmese government know that the U.S. will not support a repressive government. Thanks for engaging with Burma - please use the opportunity to support the courageous Burmese democracy protesters and push for real reform.

Neville K.
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New Zealand
November 30, 2011

Neville K. in New Zealand writes:

Having met many Burmese refugees here in N.Z, and spent 2 weeeks there to check out conditions for myself, I wish to plead with the U.S. Govt. not to give in to the Burmese regime until the people have been freed from persecution and tyrany.

Lydia :.
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Austria
November 30, 2011

Lydia in Austria writes:

Please help the citizens of Burma and support Aung Sang Suu Kyi!
Set the Goverment of Burma under pressure to release all political prisoners and end the targeted violence against ethnic groups.
Help Burma to be free!
Thank you!

Barb
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Australia
November 30, 2011

Barb in Australia writes:

Help end the violence in Burma , release all political prisoners,stop targeting ethnic groups and restore democracy.

Maria
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Canada
November 30, 2011

Maria in Canada writes:

Please use this great opportunity to maximize your influence for the release of all political prisoners and end the targeted violence against ethnic groups. Please listen carefully to Nobel Laureate, Aung Sang Suu Kyi. Don't let this country slide backwards, but support steps toward a more democratic future.

Rickie P.
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United Kingdom
November 30, 2011

Rickie P. in the U.K. writes:

Please call for the release of all Burmese political prisoners whilst in talks with the Myanmar authorities. It is of critical importance to free prisoners of conscience if there are to be any advances towards democracy in Burma.

Joana
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Portugal
November 30, 2011

Joana in Portugal writes:

Keep up the pressure, please.
The Burmese people NEED change!

James U.
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Colorado, USA
November 30, 2011

James U. in Colorado writes:

Dear Honorable Secretary Clinton,

Thank-you so very much for making Burma a priority. The images of peaceful, Buddhist monks being beaten and imprisoned is still seared into my mind. Please, demand that these political prisoners be released. I also beg of you to strongly denounce the ethnic cleansing occurring in Burma. Again, thank-you so very much for fighting for the Burmese people. Please, keep up the great work!! And, best of luck!!

Heather R.
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Singapore
November 30, 2011

Heather R. in Singapore writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

Thank you for taking the time to focus your attention on Burma. Please do not forget about the atrocities being committed in other parts of the country. Please demand the release of all political prisoners in this beautiful country. The people of Burma deserve a chance to truly experience freedom and democracy from an oppressive and tyrannical regime.

Reva
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United States
November 30, 2011

Reva in the U.S.A. writes:

I visited Burma in 2001 and was shocked by the fear of the country's people.

We can not forget the growing conflicts and human rights abuses in ethnic areas. More people have been displaced this year than any other in the past decade. A genuine national dialogue of reconciliation must happen to bring peace to Burma.
We need to push for the release of all political prisoners and for a lifting of the extreme laws that keep people locked up and perpetuate the climate of fear in the country.

Alfonso A.
November 30, 2011

Alfonso A. in Central America writes:

So glad you are visiting Burma, Myanmar.

Please, take seriously under consideration the thoughts and feelings of the local opposition like Nobel Laureate, Aung Sang Suu Kyi and their demands. There is much at the stake for the and for many others. End to political persecution and ethnic violence are priorities for the well being of the population and for the future of the country.

Thank you

Michelle
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Pennsylvania, USA
November 30, 2011

Michelle in Pennsylvania writes:

Please advocate for Burma. In all of my travels, I've never been to a place with more welcoming people. Despite the conditions in which they live, they remain resilient and strong. Please help the Burmese obtain the freedom they deserve.

Luis G.
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New York, USA
November 30, 2011

Luis G. in New York writes:

Secretary Clinton,

Don't let the US and the rest of the world keep turning a blind eye to the growing conflicts and human rights abuses in ethnic areas. More people have been displaced this year than any other in the past decade. A genuine national dialogue of reconciliation must happen to bring peace to Burma. Their are child soldiers, slaves and ethnic cleansing that has been going on for over 60 years. Bring the Junta out into the light of day!

Thank you for going to Burma Hilary, make it a trip for the history books.

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