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06.14.21

McConnell on Burma: “Work Isn’t Over” For Friends of Democracy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Burma: "The military junta that seized power from Burma's democratically-elected leaders back in February has kept up its campaign of brutal and violent repression. "More than eight hundred people are now dead, and more than 5,000 others have been detained on various charges of resistance. "Just today, the longtime leader of Burma's democracy movement and… Continue Reading


03.01.21

McConnell Defends Democratic Activists in Burma, Hong Kong

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding foreign policy: "Last weekend brought disconcerting headlines for supporters of freedom and democracy in Asia. "In Burma, the military junta's month-long coup turned bloody. 18 protesters have been murdered and at least a thousand civilian officials have been imprisoned on farcical grounds. "In Hong Kong, China's puppet regime arrested forty-seven democra… Continue Reading


02.08.21

Diverse Protests in Burma a “Powerful Display of Courage”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Burma: "Over the weekend hundreds of thousands of protestors stood up across Burma in defiance of the military coup. "For a week now, the military has detained hundreds of civil society leaders and democratically elected officials -- some on mysterious or obviously specious charges, and others without charge at all. "Their actions were illegitimate from t… Continue Reading


11.10.20

McConnell on Sec. Mark Esper and World Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Secretary Mark Esper and world affairs: "Yesterday, the President informed us that Secretary Mark Esper's tenure leading the Department of Defense has concluded. "When the Senate considered Secretary Esper's nomination, I said you could hardly invent better qualifications to run the Pentagon than his resume. From West Point and the 101st Airborne to his time… Continue Reading


09.14.17

McConnell Speaks With Aung San Suu Kyi About Humanitarian Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the humanitarian crisis that is currently taking place along the Burma-Bangladesh border: "In recent weeks, the plight of the Rohingya has received great international attention. Even in the best of times, this beleaguered ethnic minority has eked out a marginal existence in Burma's Rakhine state. The Rohingya are stateless and have faced discrimination and isolation. Media … Continue Reading


09.15.16

McConnell Welcomes Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor ahead of his meeting with Burmese State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi today: "Today I have the distinct honor of welcoming my dear friend, Burmese State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, as she visits the Capitol. "Daw Suu is an incredible woman with an incredible life story. "She's endured much since pro-democracy protests first swept her country many years ago. "What followed … Continue Reading


02.09.16

McConnell Honors Departing Ambassador to Burma, Welcomes Incoming Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered remarks on the Senate floor today honoring Derek Mitchell for his service as the Ambassador to Burma. This afternoon, the Senate will vote to confirm Scot Alan Marciel to be the new U.S. Ambassador to the Union of Burma. "Our Ambassador to Burma, Derek Mitchell, has staunchly pursued America's interests in an important post. He's helped guide our relationship with Burma through an historic transition to elected government.… Continue Reading


11.17.15

Post-Election Transition is a Potential Watershed for Reform Efforts, McConnell Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the recent elections in Burma: "On several occasions this year, I have come to the floor and noted that this year's Burmese election would represent a crucial test for the country's path to political reform. The lead-up to this November's election was marked by a number of discouraging structural developments: the disenfranchisement of the Rohingya population and the defeat of… Continue Reading


10.22.15

Burmese Election Must Show Commitment to Democracy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding democratic elections in Burma: "On November 8th, just a few weeks away, the people of Burma will hold national elections. It promises to be a momentous event for a country many of us have studied and followed for a very long time. I say momentous for two reasons. "First, for Burma's citizens, or for many of them at least, this election represents a chance to finally choo… Continue Reading


07.09.15

Outcome of Fall Elections Will Signal State of Political Reform in Burma

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate Floor today regarding Burma: "A few weeks ago, I came to the floor to discuss the importance of Burma's election this fall. I noted that its conduct would tell us a lot about the Burmese government's commitment to the path of political reform. I said that demonstrating that commitment would be critical to reassuring Burma's friends abroad, and that it could even have consequences for further … Continue Reading


06.04.15

McConnell Outlines Challenges, Opportunities Facing Burma in 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Burma: "Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with Shwe Mann, Speaker of the Burmese Parliament, on his visit to Washington. It was the third time we'd met. "We had a cordial but frank discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing his country in 2015. There are obviously many issues that fall into both categories. "When it comes to challenges: "There's… Continue Reading

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