Statement Of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell On Decision Of United Nations Security Council To Put Burma On Its Formal Agenda
Friday, September 15, 2006
*This is an historic day for the people of Burma"
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell released the following statement today following the decision by the UN Security Council to put Burma on its formal agenda:
"This is an historic day for the people of Burma. Their fight for freedom and democracy is now being recognized and I applaud President and Mrs. Bush, Secretary Rice, and Ambassador Bolton for their leadership on this issue. I also applaud the 10 countries which voted to stand with the people of Burma - and those throughout the region - who suffer from misguided and dangerous policies of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC).
I look forward to the discussion and debate, and encourage the Council to take up and pass a resolution that makes clear the world understands the myriad threats the illegitimate regime in Rangoon poses to the region. Further, Mr. Gambari should not travel to Rangoon until after the Council has considered and acted upon a resolution. This will only strengthen Mr. Gambari's hand.
Finally, I renew my call for the SPDC to immediately and unconditionally release Aung San Suu Kyi and all prisoners of conscience in Burma.