He pointed out that the regime has released political prisoners in the past.
“This is another proof that the regime hasn’t changed its behavior, using political prisoners as a bargaining chip for political gain and to dilute the international pressure,” he added.
Khin Maung Win, deputy chief editor of the Democratic Voice of Burma, said the release of political prisoners is a significant development.
“Of course we all want to see all political prisoners freed right away, at the same time there might be some constraints on the government. Doing too much too fast may result in instability,” he said in a phone interview from Oslo.
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Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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