US senators: Relax sanctions if Burma election honored
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US senators: Relax sanctions if Burma election honored

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two leading Republican senators have urged possible relaxation of U.S. sanctions on Burma/Myanmar should the ruling party respect election results and transfer power.

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. John McCain introduced a resolution congratulating Burma on its Nov. 8 election won by the opposition party of Aung San Suu Kyi.

The resolution notes that international observers have reported that the election “was largely free and fair” despite broader structural concerns such as the disenfranchisement of Rohingya Muslims.

It encourages further steps toward normalization of relations if there’s a “prompt and orderly transition in power.”

The U.S. eased most sanctions in 2012 but still restricts military cooperation and doing business with cronies of the former ruling junta.

McConnell is a leading congressional voice on Myanmar policy.