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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into62
December 1, 2011

W.W. writes:

Thanks for making the right side of History mrs Secretary

Norm P.
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Florida, USA
December 1, 2011

Norm P. in Florida writes:

Secretary Clinton, I appreciate and respect your efforts to reach out and recognize the people of Burma as you bring hope to so many in that part of the world who are oppresseed, ignored, and marginalized.

Thank you!

Namaste (the divine in me acknowledges the divine in you)

main82
December 2, 2011

W.W. writes:

why not lifting sanction ? we need a burma army

Didier F.
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Australia
December 1, 2011

Didier W. in Australia writes:

Secratary Clinton, thank you for your concern for these two countries. I would be grateful if you could push for the release of all political prisoners and for the end to human rights abuses in Burma. Thank you.

Akarath S.
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Wisconsin, USA
December 1, 2011

Akarath S. in Wisconsin writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

Here, too, in Milwaukee, WI, we have welcomed the newest arrivals from Burma. While they share their hopes and dreams for the future, they also share the tragic stories of the lives they have left behind.

Please stand firm on the idealism that makes America great. Urge the members of Burma's new civilian government to cease the horrendous abuses of human rights in the ethnic regions throughout the country. Push for freedoms of expression, and eventual open communication among all political parties and ethnic groups.

Say "Hi" to The Lady for me. She is a model of strength.

Thank you, and safe travels!
Ake

Rachel B.
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Washington, USA
December 1, 2011

Rachel B. in Washington writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

Thank you so very much for taking time and effort to travel to Burma this week. I'm grateful that you have chosen to be there and to speak with the government and visit a couple cities. I am grateful for the work you have done to advocate for and protect women and people all over the world, and here in the US. You are helping lead us toward what is good and right, and that is amazing and hopeful. I encourage you to continue to seek what is right, what is good, true and excellent for people wherever you go and whatever you do. We will support you and do our best to progress the work you do. Thank you for being willing to serve our country as a leader and advocate and representative. Thank you for being willing to go to Burma and speak to the junta about human rights and peace and freedom for the citizens. God bless you.

Karl W.
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Germany
December 1, 2011

Karl W. in Germany writes:

It has to be shown that the United States stand for human rights which are constantly violated by the regime in Burma. The message of Secretary Clinton could finally force this brutal regime to make major democratic reforms, but if she simply applauds initial changes the country could be thrown back into crisis. The Burmese regime wants the US to recognise them and lift sanctions - so this is the time and the opportunity to determine the conditions!

Tuva W.
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Norway
December 1, 2011

Tuva W. in Norway writes:

Secretary Clinton,

Thank you for paying attention to Burma. However, I ask you to not forget the human rights abuses still going on in the ethnic areas. Please use this opportunity to push for real change. Your visit may make a difference! God bless you.

Petra C.
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Switzerland
December 1, 2011

Petra C. writes:

In the name of democracy do not give the military junta a glimpse of hope to be able to continue to reign. It'a a dictatorship let's continue to boycott the country unless they let the democratically elected Aung san suu kyi govern her people.

Thanks Mrs Clinton, Petra, a citizen from the oldest democracy of the world - Switzerland

Wathiq
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Jordan
December 1, 2011

Wathiq in Jordan writes:

Her excellent Mrs. Clinton,

Although I live in a country where democracy is not mature and well-rooted yet, my heart is crying out every time I bump into the word "Burma". I hope your visit will push the true democratic pressures forward, and not just to show contentment of the minor changes that have carried out.

May God bless your efforts amazingly.

Wathiq

Richard W.
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United Kingdom
December 1, 2011

Richard W. in the United Kingdom writes:

Good luck in your efforts to persuade the Burma generals to liberalise their system.

Anne
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Virginia, USA
December 1, 2011

Anne in Virginia writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

Is it possible for you to venture outside of Rangoon, specifically to the area of Insein where most of the political prisoners are held in brutal conditions. I hope you have learned of the multiple ethnic groups struggling for survival against the atrocities committed by the Burmese military. Please continue to keep pressure on the junta for real changes for the many people of Burma.

Ian M.
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Washington, USA
December 1, 2011

Ian M. in Canada writes:

Best wishes on your trip Secretary Clinton in both South Korea and Burma. The atrocities in Burma have been long and of great economic benefit to the ruling Generals and family. So, I do hope in the reasonable context of what you can discuss that there will be more possibilities for less raids on the villagers that are still occurring and letting more of the people out of prison. Very best wishes and good will for your attempts in all these areas.

Rudi L.
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Canada
December 2, 2011

Rudi L. in Canada writes:

Please do the right thing - speak bravely, and condemn the brutal government of Burma. The world will respect your integrity, and the long-suffering people of Burma will take heart, and gain courage. Thank you!

Aung M.
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Burma
December 2, 2011

Augn Min in Burma writes:

Free Rohingya In Arkan

Margaret Z.
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Minnesota, USA
December 2, 2011

Margaret Z. in Minnesota writes:

Dear Ms. Clinton,

I emplore you to do all you can to put a stop to the torture of the Burmese Monks and people. This is a crime against humanity.

My thoughts and love are with you in support of your efforts.

Namaste ~

Lori
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North Carolina, USA
December 2, 2011

Lori in North Carolina writes:

Ms. Clinton, I have followed your historic trip to Burma with great interest because I work with dozens of Karen and other ethnic Burmese minorities who have been resettled in North Carolina. As you know, there are still hundreds of thousands of refugees in the camps in Thailand and other places. More arrive every day. I sincerely hope that real progress can be made in Burma - not only towards economic and political improvements. The conditions that continue to lead thousands of minorities to flee their homes and become stateless, jobless and powerless in refugee camps, must be addressed and changed!! Best of luck to you in your diplomatic efforts.

Patricia
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Mexico
December 2, 2011

Patricia in Mexico writes:

Secratary Clinton, thank you for your concern for these two countries. I would be grateful if you could push for the release of all political prisoners and for the end to human rights abuses in Burma. Thank you.

mel
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Canada
December 2, 2011

Mel in Canada writes:

Dear Sec Clinton, Please stand alongside Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese people and use your influence during your visit to Burma to encourage the Burmese Government to release all political prisoners and return real democracy to their beautiful country. Thank you.

May A.
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United Kingdom
December 2, 2011

May in the United Kingdom writes:

Thank you, Mrs Clinton and USA.

Burmese people needed your support.

Gregg B.
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California, USA
December 5, 2011

Gregg B. in California writes:

Madam Secretary;

Thank you for representing our country with dignity and poise - two traits exemplified consistently by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi throughout her years of dedication to her people and to the struggle she shares with them.

For the first time in the 25 years that I've followed events in Burma, there is reason for optimism. As long as warfare continues and people remain imprisoned for their beliefs in freedom and justice, the struggle will continue. But your recent visit with Daw Suu and her colleagues marks a turning point that no one expected so soon.

Thank you so much.

Cristina D.
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California, USA
December 5, 2011

Cristina D. in California writes:

Secretary Clinton - please work for peace and stand against all violence, including sexual violence, in Burma, and please push for equal opportunity and protection under the law for minorities and for freedom for all nonviolent political prisoners who are imprisoned only for expressing political views.

Anne M.
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Arizona, USA
December 5, 2011

Anne M. in Arizona writes:

Thank you for supporting the people of Burma. Please keep up the pressure on the dictatorship.

Anonymous
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Arizona, USA
December 30, 2011

Anonymous in Arizona writes:

This is a beautiful first step- recognition and concern. I look forward to seeing the United States acting to help the plight of so many innocent people affected by these atrocities against mankind.

Sean C.
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New Zealand
December 5, 2011

Sean C. in New Zealand writes:

Congratulations to the US government's attempts to change the situation in Burma. Many in New Zealand deplore the murderous regime in Burma, and have hopes that democracy can be given a chance. All power to you!

Elizabeth M.
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Australia
December 5, 2011

Elizabeth M. in Australia writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

Please ensure that you use all peaceful means available to you, and you consummate communication skills to advocate on behalf of the oppressed population of Burma.

Thank you for your efforts.
Kind regards
Liz

Joanell S.
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California, USA
December 5, 2011

Joanell S. in California writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton. PLease let the regime in Burma know that many people are watching as they imprison and torture Buddhist monks in their own country, because they dared to stand up to injustice.

Damon B.
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Minnesota, USA
December 5, 2011

Damon B. in Minnesota writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton: Every minute of every day, while we sit in the relative comfort of our homes, Buddhist monks in Burma are being tortured in prisons. I have followed your visit to Burma with great interest, and I urge you to keep up the pressure against the brutal, dictatorial regime. I hope our friends there would do the same for us if we were in a time of need, so let us stand up for our brothers and sisters in Burma. It is our turn to be the voice of the voiceless. Thank you.

Margaret B.
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United Kingdom
December 5, 2011

Margaret B. in the United Kingdom writes:

Please keep up the pressure for really free elections, freedom for all political prisoners and a path to genuine democracy for Burma.

Ryan
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Georgia
December 6, 2011

Ryan in Georgia writes:

Thank you so much for putting Burma on your agenda, please keep the pressure up on their regime to reform, hopefully you can make a difference.

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