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Singapore (CNN) -- President Obama on Sunday called for the release of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners.
"There are clear steps that must be taken: the unconditional release of all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi; an end to conflicts with minority groups; and a genuine dialogue between the government, the democratic opposition and minority groups," according to Obama, who said the regime should work to ensure its people's needs are met.
He spoke during a meeting with ASEAN-10 leaders that included the prime minister of Myanmar. Ob
Obama reiterated his stance in a speech Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
"Despite years of good intentions, neither sanctions by the United States nor engagement by others succeeded in improving the lives of the Burmese people," he said.
"So we are now communicating directly with the leadership to make it clear that existing sanctions will remain until there are concrete steps toward democratic reform."