美国特使再次访问缅甸 US Envoy Visits Burma for Second Time

24 October, 2011

美国官员说,特使米歇尔已经抵达缅甸,进行两个月以来的第二次访问。一位美国使馆官员对美国之音表示,米歇尔星期一抵达仰光,并将继续前往行政首都内比都与缅甸官员会谈。这位官员说,米歇尔计划频繁访问缅甸,作为美国有原则接触政策的一部分。这名位官员说,米歇尔将利用一切机会来强力要求缅甸释放所有政治犯、与反对派人物对话以及结束对少数民族的暴力行为。

米歇尔今年九月第一次访问缅甸。访问后他对美国之音缅甸语组表示,他利用这次访问讨论了解除美国对缅甸制裁的条件。外界估计缅甸有2000名政治犯,缅甸本月早些时候特赦了其中约200名,但许多最重要的政治犯人仍被关押,三月底上任的缅甸新政府已经与民主运动领导人昂山素季举行几次会议,并采取适度步骤缓和对媒体的严厉审查。

U.S. officials say special envoy Derek Mitchell has arrived in Burma for his second visit in two months.A U.S. embassy official told VOA that Mitchell arrived Monday in Rangoon and will continue to the administrative capital, Naypyitaw, for talks with Burmese officials.The official said Mitchell plans to visit Burma frequently as part of the U.S. policy of principled engagement. The official said he will use every opportunity to press U.S. demands for the release of all political prisoners, dialogue with opposition figures and an end to violence against ethnic minorities.

Mitchell made his first visit to Burma in September. He told VOA's Burmese service afterwards that he had used the visit to discuss the conditions under which U.S. sanctions against Burma could be lifted.Burma included about 200 of its estimated 2,000 political prisoners in a mass amnesty earlier this month, but many of the most prominent prisoners remain behind bars.The new government, which took office at the end of March, has also held several meetings with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and taken modest steps to ease its tight media censorship.