Sunday, May 17, 2009

Friday May 14th round up

Well, I have been sick as a dog this weekend, which may or may not have to do with the entire box of wine that I drank Friday night... Either way, I have been a little out of the loop as to what, if anything, was on the Secretary of State's agenda for this weekend. Trip back home to NY? Working in DC? If anyone knows, post a comment about it!

On Friday, May 14, Secretary Clinton met with Malaysian Foreign Minister Y.B. Datuk Anifah bin Haji Aman. They spoke to the press after their meeting. Secretary Clinton had this to say on the case of Aung San Suu Kyi.

I am deeply troubled by the Burmese Government’s decision to charge Aung San Suu Kyi for a baseless crime. It comes just before the six-year anniversary of her house arrest, and it is not in keeping with the rule of law, the ASEAN charter, or efforts to promote national reconciliation and progress in Burma.

We oppose the regime’s efforts to use this incident as a pretext to place further unjustified restrictions on her, and therefore we call on the Burmese authorities to release her immediately and unconditionally, along with her doctor and the more than 2,100 political prisoners currently being held.

I have a great admiration for Aung San Suu Kyi, for her sacrifices and her love of her country. There are certainly political differences that exist in any society. The minister and I understand that. But we all should be striving to enhance the rule of law. And the ASEAN charter, which the minister and I spoke about in our meeting, sets a very clear direction for all the countries in the region to be headed.

Read full their full remarks here or watch below:

The Secretary also met with Latvian President Valdis Zatlers.

Read their full remarks to the press here or watch below:

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