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General: US will walk not run in engaging Myanmar military

March 4, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army commander for the Pacific says Southeast Asian nations are eager for the U.S. to engage with Myanmar’s military and he’s looking for an opportunity to visit the country.

But Gen. Vincent Brooks says building military ties with Myanmar is “an open door through which we need to walk not run” amid continued concerns over human rights and reconciliation there.

In October, the deputy chief of U.S. Pacific Command attended a human rights dialogue in Myanmar. But three years after the U.S.-Myanmar diplomatic rapprochement began, military ties remain very limited and restricted by law.

Brooks told a Washington think tank Wednesday that the U.S. and Myanmar are looking for the right subject areas and activities for training together that would benefit both countries and the region.

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