Burma has taken important steps toward reform in recent months, including bringing a new generation of reformers into government with the April 1 parliamentary by-elections, releasing political prisoners, passing new legislation broadening the rights of political and civic association, and beginning a fledgling process of internal dialogue between the government and ethnic minority groups. While there is much to be done and significant tests lie ahead, the United States is committed to taking steps alongside the Burmese Government and people as they move down the road of reform and development.
CSO supports the office of U.S. Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma Patrick Murphy, the Bureau for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, and the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon. Specifically, CSO is helping to forge a focused assistance strategy for the United States government. CSO has also deployed a civilian responder to Embassy Rangoon to increase U.S. understanding of the reconciliation process between the government of Burma and ethnic minorities.