Memorandum for the Secretary of State: Report to the Congress Regarding Conditions in Burma and U.S. Policy Toward Burma (10/31/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                    October 31, 2000

                             October 31, 2000


SUBJECT:       Report to the Congress Regarding Conditions in Burma and
          U.S.           Policy Toward Burma

Pursuant to the requirements set forth under the heading "Policy Toward
Burma" in section 570(d) of the Fiscal Year 1997 Foreign Operations
Appropriations Act, as contained in the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations
Act (Public Law 104-208), a report is required every 6 months following
enactment concerning:

     1)   progress toward democratization in Burma;

     2)   progress on improving the quality of life of the Burmese people,
          including progress on market reforms, living standards, labor
          standards, use of forced labor in the tourism industry, and
          environmental quality; and

     3)   progress made in developing a comprehensive, multilateral
          strategy to bring democracy to and improve human rights practices
          and the quality of life in Burma, including the development of a
          dialogue between the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC)
          and democratic opposition groups in Burma.

You are hereby authorized and directed to transmit the report fulfilling
these requirements for the period March 27, 2000, through September 28,
2000, to the appropriate committees of the Congress and to arrange for its
publication in the Federal Register.

                              WILLIAM J. CLINTON

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