U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said today that the Obama Administration's decision to ease sanctions on Burma following last month's parliamentary election was premature. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"The Obama Administration is acting prematurely in easing sanctions on Burma. While small steps have been taken in the direction of democracy, serious questions remain about Burma's journey toward democracy, as hundreds of political prisoners remain jailed and repression still exists.
"We know so little about the actual impact of political changes made by the ruling junta in the past year, and until we see more evidence of change, I am adamantly opposed to rolling back the only leverage that we possess in that country."