A day after Myanmar’s leaders, Britain’s Foreign Secretary has met the main opposition figure, Aung San Suu Kyi.
William Hague presented her with the annual Chatham House prize which rewards someone the UK-based think tank believes has made the most significant contribution to improving international relations.
Western countries are cautiously renewing ties with the civilian government in place since last March and Haguehas set out four conditions for the easing of sanctions.
The new civilian administration quickly embarked on political and economic reforms last year, to the surprise of many, given the number of former junta officials in its ranks.
As an independence day gesture 900 prisoners were released last week, but it s believed that only about a dozen of them, if any, were political prisoners. Meanwhile up to 1,000 people from the 2007 anti-government protests remain behind bars.