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AFP: Study sees change in Myanmar, urges engagement

WASHINGTON — Western nations should reach out to Myanmar to encourage the new leadership’s reforms, which are exceeding even the most optimistic hopes, the International Crisis Group said Thursday.

The think-tank, which focuses on conflict resolution, credited the nominally civilian new president, Thein Sein, with taking steps to mend ties with the opposition and ethnic minorities in the nation formerly known as Burma.

“With the political process moving ahead quickly, now is not the time for the West to remain disengaged and skeptical,” said Robert Templer, the International Crisis Group’s Asia program director.