WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration wants to restart U.S. defense training for Myanmar that was cut 25 years ago after a bloody crackdown on protesters.
While assistance would be nonlethal, some American lawmakers are resisting, concerned Washington is moving too fast in forging ties with a military still accused of attacking ethnic minorities and blocking humanitarian aid.
The administration has already rolled back tough sanctions, but restoring military ties is particularly sensitive and viewed as one of Washington's few remaining points of leverage.
Last week, U.S. defense legal experts visited Myanmar, scoping out what help they can provide on teaching human rights and the rule of law. And in Brunei, the U.S. and Myanmar defense chiefs held their first bilateral meeting in two decades.