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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Beth H.
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District Of Columbia, USA
November 30, 2011

Beth H. in Washington writes:

Dear Scretary Clinton,

My husband and I volunteered with refugees from Burma and continue to give support to those living in refugee camps. We are so heartened by your visit and pray daily that the situtation in Burma will improve so that people can return home and live safely. Please help make that a reality.

Beth H.
Olympia, WA

Marjan
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Massachusetts, USA
November 30, 2011

Marjan in Massachusetts writes:

When Hilary Clinton visits Burma let her message put yet more pressure on this brutal regime to make major democratic reforms. May she be careful and not simply applaud initial changes in the country and thereby give them reason to stall and back-track.

The Burmese regime wants the US to recognise them and lift sanctions now. But Nobel Laureate, Aung Sang Suu Kyi says the regime must release all political prisoners and end the targeted violence against ethnic groups. Please may Mrs Clinton keep up the pressure. People across the world demand real reform.

Burma's political leaders will pay close attention to her public statements, which will be a signal to the media that the rest of the world still feels outraged by Burma's behaviour.

Paul S.
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New Jersey, USA
November 30, 2011

Paul S. in New Jersey writes:

My best wishes for your visit to Burma. Please make sure that the regime knows that your visit in no way condones the suppression of ethnic and Christian minorities, and the political repression present in that country.

Rose K.
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Colorado, USA
November 30, 2011

Rose Marie K. in Colorado writes:

Dear Mrs. Clinton,

We are all waiting to see what will be done to stop the human rights abuses inflected on the ethnic people of Burma. And we are waiting for all political prisoners to be released from prison. And we are waiting for the sanctioned military rapes to stop. And we are waiting for all the people to be able to use the internet freely,to assemble without fear of imprisonment, to speak not in whispers but openly and freely. This is not showtime for the military it is real life changes that we want. The people of Burma have waited over 4 decades.

Thank you for all that you do.

Michael S.
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Australia
November 30, 2011

Dr. Michael S. in Australia writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

It is right that you ar egoingto Burma t odiscuss the political, social and economic situation in that country. In your discussion with the military leadership there, please make sure they are aware that the whole world continues to watch their actions and their behavious. As you make comments on the changes they have made, please make it clear to them that they still have a long way to go before their country can be considered a part of the international community again. Do not let the generals think they have done enough to "get by":. Press them again and again to continue what they have started. The rest of the world is coming to realise that ethnic discrimination is wrong: the generals must be reminded that their treatment of their citizens is wrong and must stop.

Amy G.
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California, USA
November 30, 2011

Amy G. in California writes:

I am watching what is unfolding in Burma with guarded hope, and also deep, deep concern. First hand accounts of NGO workers indicate "business as usual" by the Burmese Army in the ethnic states - specifically in Kachin State in the past months.

I believe it is imperative that all of the peoples of Burma be respected and protected in any political or economic reform that may lay ahead.

Thank you for your advocacy for those in such dire circumstances in the remote areas of Burma.

David C.
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North Carolina, USA
November 30, 2011

David C. in North Carolina writes:

Thank you Secretary Clinton for engaging in a dialogue with the Burmese military regime. Please push them on stoping the use of rape as a tactic of war, and please engage strongly with the pro-democracy leaders on how the US can assist the Burmese people in their transition to a participatory democracy.

Demand the regime stop its detainment of all political prisoners and brutal treatment towards ethnic minorities, especially the Karen.

Kelly
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Arkansas, USA
November 30, 2011

Kelly in Arkansas writes:

We should use of power to help the powerless of Burma. Please make sure to discuss those that are victims of the regime that are fleeing and leaving in the jungles.

joe w.
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Massachusetts, USA
November 30, 2011

Joe W. in Massachusetts writes:

Dear Mrs. Clinton

For the past 5 years my spouse a.d I have traveled extensively in Burma. Initially to see a place from days past. Now we go to bear wittness and to visit the many friends we have made around the country. I have been photographing the hilltribe people and have seen the grim side of reality of their lives. Last year in Chin state I met another western fellow who turned ourt to be from a French NGO. He was there to try and give rice to the Chin people who's crops had been decimated by a rat overpopulation. The govt localwas dragging it's feet as it was obvious that people.were hungry. There werey 2 orphanages in this small rural town one Buddhist with 200 children and another Christian with 40 kids. The Christian one had not the money to supply adequate rice for the children. Filthy as all the water had to be carried up the mountain. These people are out of sight and have little.to live for. I know this is the case in many parts of the world but with the resources that Burma has, none of the people.should want for.potable water and rice. You are a hero for going and please keep up the pressure. With thanks and much respect, Joe W.

Laura C.
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California, USA
November 30, 2011

Laura C. in California writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

I have been to Burma the people are so beautiful and kind. I am pleased you are going.

Do not forget to bring up the human rights abuses in ethnic areas. So many in Burma have been displaced.

And a genuine national dialogue must happen to bring peace to Burma.

Please push for the release of all political prisoners and get rid of the extreme laws that keep people locked up and perpetuate the climate of fear in the country.

Best of luck to you. This is such important work.

Toni C.
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Spain
November 30, 2011

Toni C. in Spain writes:

Dear Sec, Clinton, I've been following events in Burma for years...ever since Bono, the singer of U2 brought this country into the limelight through his support for Aung Suu Kyi...I urge you to support Aung Suu Kyi in her efforts to acieve the releasing of all political prisoners. Burma needs real democratic reforms, please don't be taken in by the token gestures aimed at ending economic sanctions. Thank you!

Graham F.
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United Kingdom
November 30, 2011

Graham F. in the United Kingdom writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton

On your visit to Burma, please do all you can to convince the military junta of the need for meaningful democratic reform, if they are to be recognised by the US and sanctions lifted. If they are serious about change, this needs to be demonstrated by bringing to an end targeted violence and through unjustly imprisoned political prioners being released. To achieve this would be a dramatic and significant moment in the history of this country and the politics of the region.

trudy
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New York, USA
November 30, 2011

Trudy in New York writes:

please please please demand the release of ALL political prisoners, end the human rights abuses in Burma, including the rape of women that continues to be used as a weapon of war. The atrocities must be halted- its almost 2012- positive change needs to be implemented.

Thankyou .

Mhairi M.
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United Kingdom
November 30, 2011

Mhairi M. in the United Kingdom writes:

all good wishes on your trip to Burma...please make it clear that the government needs to release all political prisoners and cease ethnic group suppression prior to any recognition by the US.

Óscar
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Spain
November 30, 2011

Oscar in Spain writes:

Please Mrs Clinton, look the real Burma, beyond the prepared and nice wall; there are growing conflicts and human rights abuses in ethnic areas. More people have been displaced this year than any other in the past decade.

Any respectable government away and punishes the evil military and fosters reconciliation by restoring stolen rights.

Sam T.
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California, USA
November 30, 2011

Sam T. in California writes:

I am so thankful to hear about this trip.

In addition to Rangoon and Naypyidaw, do 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.

Please, 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.

Bro S.
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Puerto Rico
November 30, 2011

Bro Adalberto S. in Puerto Rico writes:

To: Secretary of State United States of America

Mrs Clinton,

- Do 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.

-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.

God Help US/Them!

Bro Adalberto S.-Volunteer Director
International Christian Embassy, Inc.

Shelley G.
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California, USA
November 30, 2011

Shelley G. in California writes:

As an American Buddhist who has benefitted from the teaching of many Burmese monastics, I've followed events in Burma over the past several years with a lot of concern. I hope that Secretary Clinton will make it clear to the current Burmese government that the continued abuse of their own people is completely unacceptable and must end now if relations between our countries are to improve. A slow transition to a more representative government is something to be encouraged, but in the meantime rape and murder and oppression of ethnic minorities must stop.

Max
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Kentucky, USA
November 30, 2011

Max in Kentucky writes:

A government that commits atrocities against its own people cannot be acknowledged by the U.S. Reform must be our top priority. Good luck on your trip.

Aaron
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District Of Columbia, USA
November 30, 2011

Aaron in Washington writes:

End the Rape

End the Genocide

Praise peace not false promise

Claire
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California, USA
November 30, 2011

Claire in California writes:

PLEASE do all you can to stand up for all those who have fought and still fight for democracy.

Zaw K.
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Canada
November 30, 2011

Zaw K. in Canada writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton

Please see below statement from Burma Ethnic Nationality Organization in North America and Asia.

We, the undersigned Burma Ethnic Nationality Organizations welcomed the news that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be visiting Burma. We are also encouraged to hear that ethnic nationalities issues is one of the agendas that Mrs Clinton will bring forward to discuss when she arrive in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday, November 30, 2011.

Ethnic leaders signed the historic Panglong Agreement with interim Burmese government led by General Aung San in 1947 to form the Union of Burma based on equality and self- determination. However, with the assassination of Aung San and his colleagues the dream of equality and autonomy has disappeared in Burma politics. Burma first post- independence government fail to address the ethnic concerns, followed by illegitimated military led governments for more than five decades continued to attempting in forcefully suppression.

At present the Burmese military intensified its military offensive and terrorizing the population in the ethnic areas especially in Kachin State. We are greatly concern of the news that Burmese military has used chemical weapons against ethnic armed groups.

While the reconciliation between the NLD and the current government is an important step, emphasis must also be given to ethnic issue. The ethnic conflict will definitely continue, until a political settlement to address the grievances and injustice of ethnic nationalities could be found.

Therefore, we would like to urge Secretary Hillary Clinton to press on Naypyitaw and Burmese military
• To immediately cease military offensive in all ethnic areas
• To initiate meaningful political dialogue with all ethnic political and armed groups
• To provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance to war refugees particularly in Kachin State
• To unconditional release all political prisoners so that they will be able to participate in the political process.

Burma Ethnic Nationalities Network – Canada
Help Save Ethnic People of Burma Alliance, United States of America
Nationalities Youth Forum, Thailand
Coalition of Burma Ethnic - Malaysia
Association of United Nationalities Japan

Samuel W.
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Arkansas, USA
November 30, 2011

Samuel W. in Arkansas writes:

Secretary Clinton,

I know human rights and gender equality are dear to your heart. Please urge the Burmese Government to end the horrible atrocities going on in their country.

Samuel W.

Douglas W.
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Canada
November 30, 2011

Douglas W. in Canada writes:

Please please please help the Burmese people, as best you can.

Michael
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Michigan, USA
November 30, 2011

Michael in Michigan writes:

Thank you for supporting Burma in their fight. There needs to be more awareness of the situation and a person like you can bring that awareness to light.

Thang
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Louisiana, USA
November 30, 2011

Thang in Louisiana writes:

Dear Mrs. Clinton,

Thank you for your corncern about Burma's conflict. Burma has been suffering for over half a century under the Militry government. I hope that your visit will be a turning point for the people of Burma.

May God bless you and may God bless USA.

Sincerly,

Thang

laura S.
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Massachusetts, USA
November 30, 2011

Laura R. writes:

Please, in your travels do not forget the human rights abuses and crimes against humanities which have been perpetrated by the regime of Burma against the ethnic minorities of Shan, Chin, Cachin, Karen, Karenni, Rakhaing.. Remember the use of mass rape as weapon of ethnic cleansing, remember the thousands displaced from their homes and forced to flee.. Remember the political prisoners held in jail for no other reason than speaking their minds and urginng for the freedom of their country. Your trip is an historical, please do not forget to make it truly so.

Yours sincerely,

Laura

Jean N.
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New York, USA
November 30, 2011

Jean Marie N. in New York writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

As you depart for Burma, please do 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.

I urge you to please 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.

Thank you for consideration of my letter and Good Luck in Burma.

Jean Marie N., MD-Ph.D.

Amy O.
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Connecticut, USA
November 30, 2011

Amy O. in Connecticut writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

Please speak up for the ethnic minorities in Burma. So many have been abused and displaced. There cannot be peace in Burna without a true national dialogue.

Please push hard for the release of all political prisoners in Burma. So many have suffered simply for speaking out for freedom.

Denis M.
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United States
November 30, 2011

Denis M. in the U.S.A. writes:

Sec. Clinton needs to pressure Burmese leaders to radically expand democracy and curtail human right abuses. Read Partners Relief and Developments’ Report and Physicians for Human Rights' Report.

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