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Shashank Bengali
The generals who once ruled this country–formerly known as Burma–were so paranoid about security that they built a new capital in secret, announcing its existence just as it was being completed a decade ago. Atop a lush plain of rice paddies and sugar cane fields, the city seems almost to have been dropped from outer space, with 20-lane highways, grandiose hotels, government complexes so monolithic that they invoke comparisons to North Korea–and very, very few people.feedback
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Apr 21 2017
“If you think I am not good enough for our country and our people, if someone or some organization can do better than us, we are ready to step down.” said Aung San Suu Kyi speaking about Burma. It’s one of the 263 quotes about Burma you can find on this page. 166 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Stephen Constantine and Zaw Htay. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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Win Htein

We are still improving in Shan state. The local people don't understand Burmese, so we have to translate our policies into the Shan language.feedback

Yun Sun

But then she has to somehow deal with an $800 million disbursed investment: It cannot be swept under the carpet without giving China something major, and I cannot think of anything that she could give to China without generating a bigger pushback.feedback

David Dapice

Does Myanmar need electricity? Yes, for sure. Does it need Myitsone? No. There are many other hydro sites that could be developed. And in the country's south, gas generation would be cheaper than transmitting hydro over long distances.feedback

David Santoro

The U.S. and the rest of the West still have considerable leverage over countries interested in integrating into the global economy and that they can, and should, use that leverage to score points on nonproliferation.feedback

David Santoro

Nonproliferation failures, like bad news, usually dominate the headlines and too often overshadow successes. Myanmar has been a success and offers a number of important lessons for nonproliferation more generally. The late 2000s witnessed a sharp increase in allegations about ongoing nuclear-weapon work in Myanmar. While the evidence was not always clear, international concerns grew because it became obvious that something was going on. The fear was that Myanmar would become the next big proliferator.feedback

David Santoro

The nonproliferation U-turn needs to be understood as part of the broader reform agenda, which began when the military decided to open up their country to the world. A key motivation behind these reforms was to reach out to the U.S, and because Washington made nonproliferation endorsement a non-negotiable condition of its engagement, Naypyidaw delivered.feedback

Stephen Constantine

Any coach makes substitutions to try and change the game and our substitutions were brilliant on the field today. We put (Sunil) Chhetri more towards the left and that worked out well for us. We have to get nine points in this group in away matches. Having secured three points away gives us a lot more confidence to move forward.feedback

Alan Rabinowitz

The Thai forestry department proved that with protection you can not only bring tigers back, but now the western forest complex, specifically Huai Kha Khaeng, is a global model of tiger conservation. It is one of the best protected and best tiger areas left in the world. Thailand has shown that you can protect tigers and bring them back. They can do this now in the eastern forest complex as they've done in the western forest complex.feedback

Stephen Constantine

If I didn't think we could beat them, I wouldn't beat them. We can beat anyone on our day. We have to do our work. We have to hope Myanmar has a bad day and we have a good one to win. We have planned for about 10 days for this game.feedback

Stephen Constantine

I believe we have a chance to qualify and I like to think Myanmar has the same. I'm not sure about Kyrgyzstan or Macau. It's the first game of the competition, it's an away game and we didn't come here to lose. We have big respect for Myanmar we come here to play. They've shown big improvement over the last few years. But we come here to play.feedback

Stephen Constantine

We'll prepare like we have for the last two days. We've been working hard. We understand the game will be very tough. Myanmar has a very good team, very good situation here, on the field and I think Myanmar are the favourites for this game.feedback

Zaw Htay

What the U.N. Human Rights Council did to us is totally not fair and not right under international practices.feedback

Stephen Constantine

At the end of day, it's a win and I am very happy for the boys and all who have been involved in the process. But there is no place to go over the moon. We have a sterner test next week, an acid test in fact.feedback

Stephen Constantine

But the important thing is that we won the game and we do not have any injuries and next week we have a very difficult game against Myanmar.feedback

Stephen Constantine

I agree that we were a bit casual in the beginning mainly because we haven't played together since September which is a long time.feedback

Stephen Constantine

I think they all played very well. If I am the coach of Cambodia then I will be very happy only after two weeks.feedback

Douglas Feagin - Ant Financial Services Group

There are a lot of bad actors out there who try to take advantage of these accounts so we've built a pretty good system at detecting those early and then enabling ourselves and our partners to stop transactions.feedback

Stephen Constantine

For us it is an important friendly. We have a difficult game after this with Myanmar. Coming to Cambodia means similar conditions, similar weather. I think it will be an interesting game for us. I wish Cambodia's new coach (Leonardo Vitorino) all the very best and good luck except not so much good luck tomorrow. We are taking this game very seriously and we are trying to give our best performance.feedback

Stephen Constantine

My first views to play Cambodia was that it is very close to Myanmar and the conditions are very similar. They have recently played them in the AFF Suzuki Cup so it will be a good experience for us and will be close to how Myanmar play. Although Cambodia have a new coach and he will look to change somethings, but this was the main reason. Well, we wanted to stay here. We won't be able to train the same way over there. I am sure they (Myanmar) do not want us to be there too early. So, we decided that we will stay here for two or three days. It is better for us.feedback

Daran Zheng

Courtship behaviours, frequent among modern insects, have left extremely rare fossil traces. None are known previously for fossil (primitive winged insects). Fossil traces of such behaviours are better known among the vertebrates, such as the antlers of the Pleistocene giant deer Megaloceros giganteus. Here we describe spectacular extremely expanded, pod-like tibiae in males of a platycnemidid damselfly from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Such structures in modern damselflies, help to fend off other suitors as well as attract mating females, increasing the chances of successful mating.feedback

Ghassan Salame

We also look at the question of citizenship, and we also call for all those who have been recognized as citizens to have all the rights attached to that citizenship.feedback

Stephen Constantine

The best example of continuity is Myanmar. They qualified for the U-20 World Cup 2015 on merit, average age on the senior national team is about 24 and have got a coach (former U-19 coach Gerd Ziese put in charge of Myanmar senior side) for the last eight years.feedback

Genevieve Heng

When they launched, everybody went straight to 3G. Suddenly everybody was on Facebook. Everybody was connected to the rest of the world.feedback

Mike Than Tun Win

Many people didn't have TVs or phone lines before – even DVD players. The smartphone has become their TV, their tablet, their computer.feedback

Jes Kaliebe Petersen

There is definitely a sense of hunger to get access to data and technology, and data and information – maybe precisely because the country was so closed off before.feedback

Mya Win

My team was actually the one connecting the country. That made me think: Maybe I should get in on this internet business. In two or three years, I've seen a huge improvement. Before, it was one mobile operator. Now, we have like three or four. That's led to a huge boom in tech-related opportunities for us.feedback

David Cook-Martín

Barring these or other refugees into the U.S. will not make us safer, but it will make us less credible as a leading democracy and will fuel recruitment by terrorist organizations.feedback

Julia Mayerhofer

What we will see is that more and more people will be stuck in situations for even longer and literally be stranded. The human suffering of this will be tremendous.feedback

Yun Sun

The Chinese actually tacitly and privately support the Kokang being included in the negotiations, but they can't say that.feedback

Yun Sun

The Chinese will be very angry if it escalates to the level of 2015.feedback

Htin Lynn

The situation in Rakhine state is very complicated in nature and thus requires complicated answers. It also requires greater understanding by the international community.feedback

Geng Shuang

China supports Myanmar's peace process and hopes all sides can use peaceful means to resolve their differences via dialogue and consultation.feedback

Mohammed Shah

I support them. We have been persecuted for decades and they are working to bring us justice.feedback

Yan Naing Latt

There were six cells in total. They trained karate and practiced firing guns.feedback

Geng Shuang

The situation in northern Myanmar relates to the peace and tranquillity of the China-Myanmar border. The relevant parties should have an immediate ceasefire to prevent the clashes from escalating and return normal order to the border as soon as possible. Since the clashes began, some Myanmar border residents have entered into China on safety considerations.feedback

Zaw Htay

Their number is much greater than our figure. We have to check on the ground. If it's true we need to find out the reason and the background data about the incident.feedback

Pope Francis

I urge all those in government positions to combat this scourge with firmness, giving voice to our younger brothers and sisters who have been wounded in their dignity. All efforts must be made to eradicate this shameful and intolerable crime. They have been suffering for years, they have been tortured, killed, simply because they want to live their culture and their Muslim faith. Let us pray for them… for our Rohingya brothers and sisters.feedback

Khatun Hazera

They shot him and then turned the body upside down, dragged it, put a sword inside it and took pictures.feedback

Najib Razak

We hear their pain, those who have been raped, murdered and burned alive.feedback

Zaw Htay

These are extremely serious allegations and we are deeply concerned. We will be immediately investigating these allegations through the investigation commission, led by Vice-President U Myint Swe.feedback

Mohammad Mizanur Rahman

We are fearful that the nature of the Rohingya people is not good – they have a record of involvement in drugs and smuggling, so if they are moved here, together with the pirates who rob, we will be in big trouble.feedback

Abu Salam

We left everything in Myanmar. That is where our home is. If only we could get citizenship, we would like to go back.feedback

Shahriar Alam

After considering all aspects, we have taken a firm decision to shift them to the island. Still, this is a very early stage of our decision. We also have plans to provide them poultry or livestock for their livelihood. But all these arrangements are temporary. Myanmar will have to take them back. They are living in inhumane conditions. Taking the Rohingya back and giving them citizenship is the only solution to the crisis. They are getting involved in drugs and other unlawful activities. If we could have confined them in the camp, it would not have happened.feedback

Aye Aye Soe

The people that Bangladesh is saying are on their side, we have to verify that they are from Myanmar. We can't just accept on face value if they say they are from Myanmar. If they are found to be from Myanmar, we will take them back and of course we will do that in due time.feedback

Thu Soe

We cannot say exactly why he killed or who was behind him.feedback

Alex Nyi Nyi Aung - Telenor

About 64 per cent of Telenor customers nationwide are data users and most users use Facebook, Viber and some other social media only rather than email.feedback

Sybilla Bharatan

They couldn't grasp how backwards it was, how difficult it was. I used to say to them, Well you will have to come to Myanmar to see for yourself.' Life has changed a lot because of the internet. For the ordinary man there is now a way to access so much information.feedback

Erwin Sikma

When I arrived here in 2013 – with the ambition to set up four online market places – it was apparent that Myanmar had a very long way to go.feedback

Sybilla Bharatan

If I phone them they won't pick up, but if I message them on Facebook I get an answer back straight away.feedback

Phyu Thin Zar Soe - Facebook

Last week I had a day to spend with my sister, but even when we were together it is like we are apart. We ordered food and when we were waiting for it to come we weren't talking to each other, just looking at our [cellphones] the whole time.feedback

Erwin Sikma

The internet was also very slow and intermittent. The good thing about that was indeed that it was easier to disconnect from work and distractions like fake or not-relevant news, continuous chats with friends and family. Setting up a proper Skype call with family and friends was special and therefore higher quality. Sending an email often replaced by having more focused meetings around several topics.feedback

Najib Razak

We appeal to the government of Myanmar - said Najib - to put an immediate end to all discriminatory actions and attacks against Rohingya. And that the culprits are brought to justice.feedback

Nyunt Lwin

I don't want them in prison again, that would be nonsense.feedback

Boris Johnson

Burma's transition to democracy is not yet complete but it is worth reflecting on just how far Burma has come since Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party took office just nine months ago.feedback

Boris Johnson

It is clear that many challenges remain and full reform will take time. The UK, as a longstanding and long term friend to Burma, will continue to offer its fullest support. I look forward to seeing Burma continue to develop into a country where there is peace and prosperity for all its people.feedback

Nyunt Lwin

The military now has the upper hand because they won the lawsuit.feedback

Najib Razak

For a start, the killing must stop. The violation of women and girls must stop. The persecution of your fellow men and women, simply on the grounds that they are Muslim, must stop.feedback

Najib Razak

It is incumbent on us all to do what we can to save them from the humanitarian tragedy they are suffering.feedback

Maung Aung

We are just starting the reform -- it's a first step -- we could face a lot of objections or even protests.feedback

Min Thein

We will change the bus system first, and then continue to upgrade the electronic payment system, security and we'll carry out controls to ensure the traffic rules are respected.feedback

Aye Soe

For the border situation, an operation is still in progress to create stability, so I don't think there will be a lot of results from this first-time meeting. We need to make sure how many people arrived and where they are from, but no one can confirm exactly.feedback

Tom Malinowski

People don't film themselves committing a human rights abuse unless they think that doing so is normal and allowed. What that video suggests to me is that this kind of behaviour, at least with respect to whatever unit or elements of the security forces was involved, has become normalised, much as the photographs at Abu Ghraib taught us the same lesson about things that were going on in our military in Iraq at the time.feedback

Tom Malinowski

Outside forces would eventually exploit those grievances to promote a violent reaction. It does seem that something like that, at least on a small scale, has happened. We do want to support the government of Burma in protecting its people and its borders. We want to help them do it the right way. That means not falling into the trap of an indiscriminate response that fuels recruitment for groups that may be using violence.feedback

Aye Soe

You cannot just look at one incident and think, that's the whole thing that is happening. Come back with something concrete, and we will give you back something concrete.feedback

Myat Thu

I will say there are so many 'isolated incidents' in Rakhine state.feedback

Chu Chin Hung

We don't make anything here. The stuff we eat, we wear and we use is all from China. Every Saturday morning there is a farmers' market, but almost all of the vendors are from China.feedback

Kyaw Myint

The military should give up and return the lands they don't need for the military projects. They have no rights to do business in those areas. But finding a solution will be very long process.feedback

David Mathieson - Human Rights Watch

But it could be prioritising legal reform that ensures land laws protect farmers.feedback

Myint Khine

We don't dare to enter the CP area because they made a fence.feedback

Aung Htwe

I sued them because we already told them: 'If you want to work here, you have to follow the discipline of the Eastern Command'. But they have the mindset that this is their own land.feedback

Mya Myitzu

This case is not only about the farmers in this place, this is a national problem.feedback

Nyunt Lwin

We won in the election with the manifesto which clearly said we would sort out the land problem, so we cannot stay in power without finding a solution.feedback

Richard Towle

Although it's proper to highlight the situation in Myanmar itself, it's also very important to look at the situation of the Rohingyas in Bangladesh and here in Malaysia, where there is a lot we can still do to make their lives more secure and safer.feedback

Ryan McKellar

We're seeing feathers still attached to the tail, and we can see how they attach, the shapes that they have down to the micrometer scale, and things like pigment patterns within the feathers.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

Quite clearly, there is a major domestic political dimension to this, as Najib positions himself as the champion of downtrodden Muslims in the region, which he and United Malays National Organization (UMNO) obviously believe will be popular in the Malay Muslim heartland. And of course, talking about the Rohingya is a good way to change the subject from the 1MDB scandal.feedback

Islam Muhammad Kassim

Rohingya people are hoping something may change in Myanmar - and also in Malaysia where many of us live.feedback

Najib Razak

We want to tell Aung San Suu Kyi, enough is enough... We must and we will defend Muslims and Islam. We want the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) to act. Please do something. The U.N. do something. The world cannot sit and watch genocide taking place.feedback

Maung Khin

The Rakhine issue is an internal affair. We cannot accept interference from outsiders. We don't need foreigners for our internal affairs. This shows how the government mishandles the case.feedback

Pan Wenhao

We certainly buy tin indirectly from Myanmar. We don't specifically pay attention to where they source their materials from.feedback

Sophia Pickles

Companies, not schemes, bear the primary responsibility for ensuring that supply chains are responsible.feedback

Tim Lin

Myanmar is not considered a conflict-affected area by CFSI...As long as smelters present a certified sourcing document, that's acceptable for us.feedback

Ryan Aherin - Verisk Maplecroft

The situation illustrates that the NLD-led government has made little progress towards improving transparency and accountability since it took office in March 2016.feedback

Ryan Aherin - Verisk Maplecroft

The government's response suggests that it either has no control over the still-powerful military, or considers protecting the ethnic minority as too politically charged in light of the country's vocal Buddhist nationalist majority.feedback

Muhammed Noor

The Myanmar government says the claims are all fabricated but they are not fabricated. This movement has to continue, to pressure the government to stop the killing.feedback

Selena Ling - OCBC Bank

I am expecting a more stimulative fiscal budget for 2017. I think the feedback on the ground already sounds like a pretty weak outlook in terms of the corporate sector, especially from the SMEs [small and medium-sized enterprises] so I think there's some anticipation that there'll be some additional help on that front, either on the cost side or in terms of helping them tap growth markets in the region, so it could be Myanmar or Indochina.feedback

Khairy Jamaluddin

While we've known for a while that Myanmar will be the host, this (decision) is based on recent reports from Rakhine that showed proof of attacks, that reportedly show evidence of genocide. We must continue to speak up.feedback

Zaw Htay

The international community misunderstood us because of Rohingya lobbyists who distributed fabricated news. No one in the world would accept attacks on security forces, killings and looting of weapons.feedback

Zaw Htay

Our government is working on solving the problem in Rakhine State.feedback

Nicole Thompson

We remain concerned by reports of ongoing violence and displacement in northern Rakhine State.feedback

Kamrul Ahsan

Despite our border guards' sincere effort to prevent the influx, thousands of distressed Myanmar citizens including women, children and elderly people continue to cross border in to Bangladesh. Thousands more have been reported to be gathering at the border crossing.feedback

George Moo

There is already a saving tradition in Myanmar whereby families leave one scoop of rice before they cook to donate to another family later. We're trying to apply this tradition to women's income - but instead of donating the extra income, you save it for the future.feedback

George Moo

So when a disaster strikes, women's options are more limited than men's.feedback

Humayun Kabir

There was a group of people from our village who crossed the river by boat to come here, but suddenly the boat sank.feedback

John McKissick

Difficult as it is for the Bangladesh government to absorb large numbers, it seems to me there is no other choice, because the only other choice is death and suffering. For now, the only thing that can be done is to assist and protect them.feedback

Khairy Jamaluddin

I raised this issue in the cabinet last week. I will do so again this week and stand guided by decision.feedback

Nurul Izzah Anwar

In 1980, we withdrew from the Olympic Games that is more prestigious to protest the invasion of Soviet troops on Afghanistan.feedback

Than Htun Aung

During the training, we told them how to give instructions to patients on how to avoid sexually transmitting Zika.feedback

Jorge M. Luna

You have to give them information, good information, what is going on, and it's the couple's choice.feedback

Aye Soe

They are using our country, our region as a base...with the intention of disrupting the area, causing unrest, chaos in the area, they are doing this to get international attention, to pressure Myanmar.feedback

Sein Lwin

The ethnic Rakhine asked the government to protect them in the Muslim-majority region. If we have enough police force, we can give more security to them.feedback

Myint Lwin

No one in the village has had enough sleep since last month. We were scared when we heard people shouting and dogs barking in the middle of the night.feedback

Myint Lwin

These Muslims are trying to abuse our Buddhist women and people, so I want to protect our country from them.feedback

Sein Lwin

These Muslims never follow the laws. They are trying to seize land and extend their territory in northern Rakhine and kill Rakhine ethnics.feedback

Kyaw San Win

I have some Muslim friends, they are not bad people, and we have no problems.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

This is a recipe for rights abuses against the Rohingya. The Burmese government is foolhardy to think they will be able to control the local recruits operating on a basis of bias against the Rohingya people.feedback

Kyaw Mya Win

The villagers have become insurgents, including women in the village.feedback

Anwarul Azim

Early Tuesday, 86 Rohingya including 40 women and 25 children were pushed back by the BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) from the Teknaf border point. All of them tried to enter Bangladesh and came by two engine-operated boats. Now we have beefed up our patrolling and additional forces have been engaged to ensure security in the border area.feedback

Kofi Annan - United Nations

I wish to express my deep concern over the recent violence in northern Rakhine State, which is plunging the state into renewed instability and creating new displacement. All communities must renounce violence and I urge the security services to act in full compliance with the rule of law.feedback

Phyo Min Thein

(The) post was intended to defame my personal dignity, (it's a) misrepresentation and it has disturbed my activities.feedback

Zaw Htay

I'm really sorry to hear about the sacking of the Myanmar Times reporter. Actually we didn't make any personal attack on her, but just highlighted she didn't reach other reliable sources and it led to a one-sided news article based on unreliable sources.feedback

Shawn Crispin

The best way to prove or disprove allegations of rights abuses is to allow independent media to probe the accusations.feedback

Fiona MacGregor

It's extremely concerning and unacceptable that representatives of the democratically elected government would use social media and bullying tactics to suppress stories about important issues like gender-based violence in conflict.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

Rather than trying to shut down reports that it doesn't like, the government should respect press freedom and permit journalists to do their jobs by investigating what is really happening on the ground.feedback

Christopher Dunks

Suddenly there is interest. It's still a really hard environment to get financing, but there are a handful of companies in the world that are seeing an opportunity.feedback

Caroline Stover - Human Rights Watch

Some have documents (such as receipts showing they have paid tax on the land they use), but don't have the documents required under current law to protect them against investors who want to buy up the land.feedback

Caroline Stover - Human Rights Watch

Under the Land Acquisition Act, the government can take land for public purposes, but the government has failed to do proper notice and consultation, and provide proper compensation as required by law.feedback

Zaw Htay

There's no logical way of committing rape in the middle of a big village of 800 homes, where insurgents are hiding.feedback

Soe Lwin Nyein

We're also helping her by giving her psychiatric treatment because she's worried about her pregnancy.feedback

Maung Ni

So far as we have heard from the CAD staff on the Manaung Island things are normal there, so we're not doing anything.feedback

Soe Lwin Nyein

The Ministry of Health will issue a statement soon advising married women in Yangon to avoid having pregnancies in six months.feedback

Myint Kyaw

We've been conducting extensive awareness campaigns and anti-mosquito measures across the country by coordinating and cooperating with other ministries and the media. We're doing this together with anti-dengue measures.feedback

Htin Kyaw

Condolences for the dead, offering assistance to the bereaved families and announcing action against those responsible after a systematic probe.feedback

Silke Buhr

After several days with no access to these areas, WFP hopes to be able to resume its regular support for some 37,000 people by next week.feedback

Brad Adams - Human Rights Watch

The Burmese government has a responsibility to search for and arrest those who attacked the border posts. But it is required to do so in a manner that respects human rights, ensures that the area's people get the aid they need, and allows journalists and rights monitors into the area.feedback

Pierre Peron

We hope that the situation will improve as soon as possible so that humanitarian organisations can restart vital programmes to assist all communities in Rakhine state.feedback

Khin Maung Than

Villagers are scared about their security because their hostile neighbours have a huge population.feedback

Takashi Yanai - Myanmar-Japan Thilawa Development

Even though before I lived in a small house of bamboo, lit by candles, my family did not have any worries. Now, everyday, I have all these pressures. I can't find happiness here.feedback

Vicky Bowman

It "should be recognized that this is actually the most advanced, transparent and comprehensive resettlement process which has ever occurred in Myanmar. But as with all such projects, there are always lessons to be learned. Government capacity to handle these large projects is seriously lacking.feedback

Katherine McDonnell

If the second phase of Thilawa goes forward in its current state it gives a green light to irresponsible and harmful investment.feedback

Sa Willy Frank

We've just found the exact location of the sunken boat, and now we're trying to salvage it using heavy-duty cranes.feedback

Andrew Claerhout

If you look at the countries that are involved in One Belt One Road, there's developed Asian countries and there're less developed Asian countries. From Ontario Teachers' standpoint, we would be less likely to get involved in Myanmar than we would a more developed market.feedback

Aung Soe

Necessary action will be taken against the responsible police officials for their negligence, which led to the loss of the lives of police personnel and the loss of weapons.feedback

Kyaw Htay Lwin

I heard from witnesses that the boat was packed with at least 300 passengers, despite its official capacity of around 120.feedback

Ted Osius

Indonesia is very internally focussed right now ... Thailand is very internally focussed, and Malaysia has a rolling political crisis. I don't know exactly what direction the Philippines is headed; Singapore has a lot strategic thinkers but it's a city state; I don't think you can really count on Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar to provide the strategic engine for ASEAN.feedback

Ye Htut

All of the security forces are deployed in Maungdaw, so we are not worried about security. Everything is fine.feedback

Kyaw Tin

The state counsellor instructed us to handle this issue cautiously in accordance with the law.feedback

Barack Obama

I have determined that the situation that gave rise to the national emergency with respect to Burma has been significantly altered by Burma's substantial advances to promote democracy, including historic elections in November 2015.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

When you are trying to invest in Burma, please don't think you have to go with a suitcase bursting with dollar bills.feedback

Barack Obama

In part because of the progress we've seen over the last several months, I indicated after consulting with Daw Suu that the United States is now prepared to lift sanctions we've imposed upon Burma for quite some time. It is the right thing to do in order to ensure the people of Burma see the rewards from a new way of doing business and a new government.feedback

Hein Aung

When we have more economic development, grassroots-level people will have more hope to have a better life in the future. The current economic situations really hurt the grassroots-level people right now.feedback

John Sifton

If the issue is leverage, the decision makes almost no sense. Obama and Suu Kyi just took important tools out of their collective tool kit for dealing with the Burmese military, and threw them into the garbage.feedback

Peter Kucik

The original focus of sanctions was to bring Myanmar to where it is now, a country with a recognized democratically elected government. Sanctions were imposed in the aftermath of the 1990 election when the military rejected the vote results.feedback

John Sifton

Lifting restrictions on doing business with Burma's military and its corporate enterprises, as well as the friends and cronies who been enriched by their decades of rule, is not the right thing to do. It benefits largely them, and few others, and certainly not the people of Burma in general.feedback

Bob Corker

While we certainly appreciate the work Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has done to ensure a democratic transition in Burma, I am somewhat appalled by her dismissive reaction to concerns I raised this morning about the problem of human trafficking in her country.feedback

Matt Smith

Lifting all sanctions now will embolden the Myanmar military and its partners. This decision was hasty and fails to recognize political realities on the ground.feedback

John Sifton

Obama and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi just took important tools out of their collective tool kit for dealing with the Burmese military, and threw them into the garbage.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

We want to make sure that everybody who is entitled to citizenship is accorded citizenship as quickly and as fairly as possible. This is what we are trying to do in Rakhine.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

We would like to invite all of you to come to see country to see why you should invest there and to see how you can invest there in such a way that you can benefit from it as much as we can.feedback

Barack Obama

I think this will give the United States, our businesses, our nonprofit institutions greater incentive to invest and participate in what we hope will be an increasingly democratic and prosperous partner for us in the region.feedback

Xu Qiliang

China firmly upholds a friendly policy towards Myanmar and supports Myanmar's national reconciliation process.feedback

Aung Than Wai

Rakhine state is in Myanmar and our country has its own sovereignty and there is no way we can accept a commission that is formed by foreigners.feedback

Aung Kyaw

We don't want this commission because we don't want a foreigner's human rights perspectives without actually understanding and evaluating the history of Rakhine people, and how can they know the root causes of the conflicts.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

There is a wound that hurts all of us. And it is because we wish to heal all the wounds of our nation, all the wounds of our people that we look toward Kofi Annan and all the members of the commission to help us to find a way forward.feedback

Aung Kyaw

Whenever the United Nations' representatives ... came here, they never stood for Rakhine and didn't do the true reports from Rakhine side.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

If all those who play a part ... in the peace process cultivate the wisdom to reconcile differing views for the good of the people ... we will surely be able to build the democratic federal union of our dreams. Only if we are all united, our country will be at peace. Only if our country is at peace, will we be able to stand on equal footing with other countries in our region and across the world.feedback

Thu Wai

The government said these three groups would be accepted only if they announce that they will 'give up the policy of armed struggle.feedback

Pierre Peron

The overall humanitarian impact has been relatively low despite the earthquake's magnitude. No major needs have been identified and there has so far been no request for international assistance.feedback

Amanda George

We continue to provide assistance to injured people, but we don't see this as a major disaster.feedback

Susan Hough - U.S. Geological Survey

They're very quaint, but they don't withstand earthquakes very well.feedback

Moe Thidar Win - Myanmar Red Cross Society

Two young girls died when a pagoda collapsed on a river bank. One man died in a Pakokku tobacco factory when the roof collapsed on him.feedback

Vincent Panzani - Save the Children

Most of the reports of damage have been to the pagodas in the area with dozens impacted. There have also been reports of damage to smaller, more basic buildings including a collapsed wall and a destroyed roof. Several of our staff who have lived in this part of Myanmar their whole lives said it was the strongest earthquake they've ever felt.feedback

Stephen Green

The core assets that we operate in the Gulf of Thailand are a core part of Chevron's portfolio and we have intention of it remaining a core part of our portfolio. We are not leaving Thailand.feedback

Stephen Green

We are focusing our resources on our operated assets. We're happy to keep it if the market value of it is not what we think it should be.feedback

Aung Lynn

If the Chinese leaders bring up a specific issue like the controversial Myitsone mega-dam project, of course we'll explain to them what we've been doing.feedback

Aung Kyaw Htut - Myanmar Red Cross Society

We're mainly focusing on providing healthcare to the victims and ensuring their access to clean drinking water and non-food items.feedback

Tim Millar

There are a lot of villages, particularly across the delta, which have lost almost all of their agricultural land to land grabs.feedback

Sein Win

The land grabs were done by the (junta) government, with most of it going to the military, companies, government departments and ministries.feedback

Mya Tun Oo

The court martial found that they violated the rules, failing to follow certain procedures, that led to the death of the victims during the interrogation.feedback

Mya Tun Oo

Every soldier has to follow rules and regulations while investigating prisoners or detainees regardless of whether they are related to insurgents or regular citizens. The military would take action against the perpetrators according to the law. The military will take the best care and support of the victims' families.feedback

Zaw Aung

I feel like this time is very different from the previous five years I've attended this ceremony.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

She only wants to give orders. She is not interested in listening to those who have opinions other than her own. She has equated her own destiny to the destiny of the country.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

For the next generation, peace is the best legacy to pass on. Our country will develop only if it has peace.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

She is so different from what she was before. People are really questioning who she really is now.feedback

Tim Johnston - The International Crisis Group

It has got to be tempting for a woman with a huge to-do list to accumulate power in her own hands, to ignore the niceties of consultation and drive-through solutions: that would be a mistake in a brittle young democracy like Myanmar.feedback

Win Aung

The government and people have been trying hard for our country. We don't want anything that negatively affects our country's economy and our businesses. We are all putting so much energy in the country's transition period and we want encouragement instead of blame.feedback

Myint Maung

The censor board found 'Twilight Over Burma' can cause disunity among national races so they decided by vote that this film shouldn't be allowed for public showing.feedback

Myint Maung

There are certain criteria used for censoring Myanmar films. An important point is that issues that can affect unity among national races shouldn't be allowed.feedback

Lee Hsien Loong

In terms of the safety and security of our systems, the safety of our citizens and the information concerning them, it's absolutely necessary.feedback

Frans Eusman - Heineken

Myanmar, in a way, resembles Vietnam maybe 10 to 25 years ago. It has a huge young population, growing wealth, growing GDP, and more of those people have expendable income.feedback

Thiri Yadana

I couldn't sleep last night. Our president U Htin Kyaw's speech is something we have never heard before in the country.feedback

John Kirby

While it's without question that [the Rohingya] continue to face persecution, we did not determine that it was on the level of genocide.feedback

Htin Kyaw

There is no reason for causing unemployment if the government employees take jobs in accordance with existing laws, rules and regulations.feedback

Myint Maung

It's the same here. She will lead the party, so she will lead the government formed by that party.feedback

Aung Hlaing Win

I think the military also understands that they (some ministries) are not necessary. Their collaboration is an improvement in the parliament.feedback

Myint Maung

Taking positions is not that important any more…In the United States there are many famous lawmakers in the parliament who are very influential, but they don't take any position in the cabinet.feedback

Myint Maung

General Aung San is the father of the military. Aung San Suu Kyi is born from two Burmese citizens. It's sad that they said she is a foreigner.feedback

Zaw Thein

We will have a new democratic president tomorrow anyway. The people will prevail.feedback

John Kirby

Structural and systemic flaws in Burma's constitution, which includes the reservation of 25 percent of parliamentary seats for the military, which in part allows for the Burmese military to ensure that one of its nominees will either be president or vice president.feedback

Myint Maung

We will hold on the national reconciliation policy no matter what the military decides. We will try to work with the military for national reconciliation.feedback

Zaw Myint Maung

We will propose the vice presidential candidates tomorrow in both Pyithu and Amyotha Hluttaw.feedback

Myint Lwin

It is a very big change, like the Magna Carta. I'm proud to be involved in this history.feedback

Khin Maung Myint

It was like a dream because Daw Aung San Suu Kyi fought alone against the military - and then she won. It did not only shake Myanmar, it shook the whole world.feedback

Thamein Tun

We have high expectations for Aung San Suu Kyi and her government to negotiate with the army chief - without the military's involvement it will be impossible to end the fighting across the country.feedback

Ben Rhodes

This is in many ways a momentous opportunity for the people of Burma. We had been very focused on this election. It is a critical milestone in evaluating Burma's democratic transition.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

He will have no authority. He will act in accordance with the decisions of the party.feedback

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff

The process went better than many expected beforehand. It is also true, however, that more is needed, more reforms are needed to ensure truly genuine elections can take place in the future.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

That is the only way to do it, because in any democratic country, it's the leader of the winning party who becomes the leader of the government and if this constitution doesn't allow it, then we'll have to make arrangements so that we can proceed along usual democratic lines.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

As you look at me and listen to me, please remember the often-repeated truth that one prisoner of conscience is one too many.feedback

Li Keqiang

We have the responsibility and the capacity to firmly safeguard stability in the border area between the two countries, to protect the life and property of our people.feedback

Yan Myo Thein

Many NLD leaders are weak at criticising the views of Aung San Suu Kyi. So all party decisions are dependent on just Aung San Suu Kyi and become a burden to her. If the NLD continues like this it will become just like an autocratic system.feedback

Wai Zin Aung

I hope that after the conference the party will become stronger and more democratic. I believe that.feedback

Richard Horsey - United Nations

We're running out of time here. There is a huge risk that diarrhoeal disease, cholera and so on could start to spread, because there is a lack of clean drinking water, a lack of sanitation facilities. This could be a huge problem and it could lead to a second phase which could be as deadly as the cyclone.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

The speech she gave today in the house shows that democracy is always at risk – nothing can be taken for granted! Therefore the appeal to us, is not only to look at democracy in her country, but all over in the world! This is a very important message!feedback

Thitinan Pongsudhirak

From the private sector interest, I think the U.S. feel that they've been behind the curve, behind the Europeans and ASEAN and China and so on. So this is catch-up time for the US, and especially for US businesses. I think the president's visit will be utilised by the private sector of the Americans to try to pursue their economic and commercial interest.feedback

Barack Obama

Our goal is to sustain the momentum for democratisation. That includes building credible government institutions, establishing rule of law, ending ethnic conflicts and ensuring that the people of this country have access to greater education, healthcare and economic opportunity.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

We do not want investment to mean greater inequality. We want investment to mean, quite simply, jobs. As many jobs as possible.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

The EU steps are premature and unfortunate, since it will diminish the EU's leverage with the Burmese government. Essentially, in our view, the EU member countries are ditching measures that have motivated the current progress on human rights.feedback

David Cundall

The images that I've seen on camera are not conclusive at all. But it's very encouraging that we found a wooden crate in the same area where the Americans buried the Spitfires. The water is muddy. It's causing problems. We can't see through the water. As I said, we have to pump the water out before we can give you more information.feedback

Dumisani Kumalo - United Nations Security Council

The UN security council strongly deplores the use of violence against peaceful demonstrations in Myanmar.feedback

Thu Wai

I've not seen any intimidation of people this time.feedback

Woo Kup-see

After leaving North Korea I lived in Beijing for a few months, also Myanmar and Thailand, so I saw all kind of things we don't have in our country: roads full of cars and skyscrapers, shops and food. But I feel lucky, my journey was easier than my friends.feedback

Douglas Alexander

We've not taken any options off the table, but the burden of responsibility rests with the government here in Burma (now Myanmar). It is clear that the international community has spoken with one voice today, and wants to see both increased aid and increased access to the affected areas in Burma.feedback

Anupama Rao Singh - UNICEF

I am optimistic. In fact, I am very optimistic, not only because the commitments that have been made but also because UNICEF just yesterday received approval for six of our international staff who have been in the country to actually go and visit the affected area in the Irrawady Delta.feedback

Louis Michel

I asked for visas for our people; they have accepted to extend the visas. I also heard and that is a positive move, that they were ready to allow permissions and to allow visas for people coming with particular individual programmes and planning and that they could show the planning they had and the programme they had, they would allow visas and permissions, so there is something on the move.feedback

Gordon Brown

We now estimate that two million people face famine or disease as a result of the lack of co-operation by the Burmese authorities. We are doing everything we can to make aid and assistance available. It is now for the Burmese authorities to respond to what everyone is saying all over the world. The eyes of the world are now upon Burma.feedback

Joe Belliveau

The problem is, we are all facing restrictions with international staff, so with a few exceptions the government is insisting we run operations with national staff.feedback

Javier Solana

We have to use all means to help those people. The United Nations charter opens some avenues if things cannot be resolved in order to get humanitarian aid to arrive.feedback

Khin Zaw Win

As we all know, those matters, like the ethnic conflicts that have plagued this country for the past 60 years, have not been resolved. So I think just to barge ahead without paying any attention to these unresolved problems is a very risky and dangerous move.feedback

Benita Ferroro-Waldner

We will be vocal and tough on the question of releasing finally Aung San Suu Kyii and other political detainees, and we also want to ask them to have this national convention open to all the political parties.feedback

Barack Obama

What you guys have done means that the work I'm doing is important. And I'm really proud of that. I'm really proud of all of you.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

To get the country to be as we want it and to get good governance for the people, we will abolish unnecessary factors. Then people can live and work together peacefully. We want to give people rights and this is what we will try to do.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

I think the government is quite comfortable with the close link that I have with the United States because they understand that I do not wish to use our friendly relation to the United States to in any way hurt the situation in Burma.feedback

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

I urged them to stop the prosecution of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political leaders. It is a setback to the international community's efforts to provide a helping hand to Myanmar at this time.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

This is one of the most moving days of my life. I stand here now strong in the knowledge that I am among friends who will be with us as we continue with our task of building a nation that offers peace and prosperity and basic human rights protected by the rule of law to all who dwell within its realms.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

I don't think we can consider it a genuinely free and fair election if we take into consideration what has been going on in the last couple of months, but still as we wish to work towards national reconciliation we will try to tolerate what has happened.feedback

Hillary Clinton

We are not at the point yet that we can consider lifting sanctions that we have in place, because of our ongoing concerns about policies that have to be reversed.feedback

Hillary Clinton

Democracy is the goal. That has been the goal from the very beginning. Yet we know that it has been a long and very difficult path that has been followed. We do see openings today.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

Despite many years of isolation and repression, our people can still boast a social, political and economic awareness that given a sufficient latitude would bring our country in line with positive developments in the rest of the world.feedback

Hillary Clinton

Australia and the United States will continue to work together to establish an international commission of inquiry to hold those leaders of Burma accountable for human rights violations, continuing persecution of ethnic minorities.feedback

Barack Obama

During the past 6 years we've made great strides in elevating and expanding this partnership, but I think we all agree we can still do more. That's why the United States is committed to strengthening ASEAN both as an institution and as a community of nations bound by our shared interests and values.feedback

Catherine Ashton

In partnership, you know, it's not about coming to impose it's coming to say: these are the things we know. European countries represented here, European businesses represented here, from all over the EU know very well the journey that has to be taken for a nation to come from oppression to freedom, and they want to support this country on that journey.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

I am here to encourage you to invest in the right way, in the truly responsible way, which is taking into consideration the political and legal dimensions of investment.feedback

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