US 'troubled' by Myanmar election preparations: envoy

US 'troubled' by Myanmar election preparations: envoy

Kurt Campbell. AP

"We're troubled by much of what we've seen and we have very real concerns about the elections laws and the environment that's been created," said Kurt Campbell, the assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

"Our team would like the opportunity to engage directly and see what the plans are in terms of the overall approach of the elections," he told a news conference in Bangkok.
Campbell was due to fly to Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw on Sunday for talks with government officials, followed by a meeting on Monday with Suu Kyi, who has been has been in detention for 14 of the past 20 years.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) was forcibly dissolved two days back under widely criticised laws governing elections that are scheduled for later this year, the first in two decades.Campbell met the 64-year-old Nobel peace laureate in Yangon last November when he became the highest-ranking US official to visit Myanmar in 14 years.President Barack Obama's administration last year launched a policy of engaging Myanmar's rulers in a bid to promote democracy and improve human rights, but has since sharply criticised the junta's approach to elections.

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