|Washington Post questions US President Barack Obama's embrace of Myanmar. US President Obama (L) hugs Myanmar opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi during the joint press conference at Suu Kyi's residence in Yangon, Myanmar, November 14, 2014. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA|
In a critical editorial published on March 14, The Washington Post questions US President Barack Obama’s embrace and concessions for Myanmar in the face of what it says is the regime’s failure to keep its promises.
In the House of Commons on Tuesday, the minister of state at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire, had a twinge of conscience when he said that the UN Secretary-General's “Group of Friends on Burma” – as he had called the September 26 gathering in New York in a press release the following day – was "to be fair" actually called the "Group of Friends on Myanmar". Some might feel that misnaming the group of countries supporting Ban Ki-moon on Myanmar was just a tad unfortunate, but Mr. Swire assured the House "we still call it Burma". Conservative MP Fiona Bruce, who had been in the country with House Speaker John Bercow only two months previously, dared to tell the House that the country was now "Myanmar, as we were told we should now consider calling it".