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Senate Proceeding 06-17-08 on Jun 17th, 2008 :: 0:45:39 to 0:54:38
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0:45:23 to 0:45:39( Edit History Discussion )

that.th can you speak of so we can hear you? >> you do not want to do that charley. >> anyway, seriously, good to be back with you. i do not have anything to smart you out. so what is on your minds?

Amy Klobuchar

0:45:39 to 0:45:51( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: susan? >> what can you tell us about the u.s. talks with lithuania and putting interceptors there as part of the missile shield if it will not work out with poland. >> i this i that would bed a

Amy Klobuchar

0:45:39 to 0:54:38( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

0:45:51 to 0:46:02( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: over statement of any conversation that's we may have had with the government of lithuania. when what we areha focused on is the agreement with poland and regarding our o missile defense plans in the region.

Amy Klobuchar

0:46:02 to 0:46:14( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: >> now we will return to the senate. they have returned to legislative work for the day. s brot hers. i met with the leaders of their community in order to listen to the information and reports they

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0:46:14 to 0:46:30( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: were receiving from friends and relatives caught in the middle of an ongoing disaster. the stories i heard we heartbreaking. over 100,000 people are believed to have lost their lives during and

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0:46:30 to 0:46:41( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: after the storm. tens of thousands are still missing. and millions are homeless without adequate food or fresh water. this disaster was nearly of tsunami proportions but it affected one country, one

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0:46:41 to 0:46:56( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: small country, which time and time again refused our help. the local burmese whom i met with told me how difficult it is to get bask information and stay -- basic information and stay in contact with

Amy Klobuchar

0:46:56 to 0:47:07( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: their family members. one woman has still not been able to locate her sisters in burma. others expressed their fears that the burmese regime would never allow the aid that entered the country to reach

Amy Klobuchar

0:47:07 to 0:47:23( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: the areas where it was needed the most. they feared that unless the international community remained vigilant and refused to accept the burmese government's conditions and control over humanitarian

Amy Klobuchar

0:47:23 to 0:47:35( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: aid, the plight of the people would grow weaker while the regime's grip would grow stronger. casualities, as i noted from the burma cyclone are nearly on the same scale as the indian ocean tsunami

Amy Klobuchar

0:47:35 to 0:47:48( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: in 2004 but in that instance the impacted countries accepted and ofen asked for international aid. with the military regime in burma, they have tried to shut the world out. while the outpouring of donations

Amy Klobuchar

0:47:48 to 0:47:59( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: and relief supplies and aid personnel from the world is substantial, only a fraction of available international aid is reaching the storm's 2.4 million survivors. u.n. officials have reported aid groups are

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0:47:59 to 0:48:16( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: unable to provide 1.1 million survivors with sufficient food, clean water, and shelter, while trying to prevent a second wave of deaths from malnutrition and disease. of the 1.3 million people who have

Amy Klobuchar

0:48:16 to 0:48:28( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: received some form of help, the u.n. found that they only have had access to inconsistent levels of assistance. yet, the burmese regime continues to raise bureaucratic obstructions to the people waiting

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0:48:28 to 0:48:39( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: helplessly offshore. those international recovery worker whose have been allowed to enter the country and even burma's own aid donors and relief organizations are facing roadblocks in assessing the

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0:48:39 to 0:48:53( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: disaster regions to provide aid leaving hundreds of thousands of survivors to fend for themselves. we have seen news reports that survivors have been forced to drink from dirty canals and go for

Amy Klobuchar

0:48:53 to 0:49:05( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: days without food. many turn to burmese monks to help because of the government's inaction. the same monks who face add brutal military crackdown last fall for their peaceful pro democracy democrat demonstrations.

Amy Klobuchar

0:49:05 to 0:49:17( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: in a normal recovery effort, six weeks after disaster-you think six weeks after katrina in your home state of louisiana, madam president -- survivors should be on the road to recovery. thinking about what

Amy Klobuchar

0:49:17 to 0:49:28( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: they need to do to restart their lives. in burma, six weeks after the storm, man stiefers still did not -- many survivors still did not know how they would find food, water or shelter and we now have

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0:49:28 to 0:49:41( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: reports that the government is forcibly closing aid catches and forcing homeless -- aid camps and forcing homeless survivors to return to devastated villages and are told to rebuild their homes

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0:49:41 to 0:49:53( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: but they haven't been given assistance to do so. the representatives of the burmese community i met with in minnesota understand the cyclone and its aftermath are more than a natural disaster. it is

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0:49:53 to 0:50:06( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: a political disaster. it is a disaster made far worse, far more deadly, because of the repressive military regime that contro ls the country. the burmese people have been repressed and impoverished

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0:50:06 to 0:50:22( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: by their government by years. the regime's lack of response to the cyclone disaster highlights how bad the human rights situation is. and rather than focusing on ways to help the millions of burmese

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0:50:22 to 0:50:35( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: struggling to survive, the regime, instead, used the chaos of the storm's aftermath to quietly extend another year the detention of suu kyi, the leader of burma's democracy movement, who has been

Amy Klobuchar

0:50:35 to 0:50:48( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: detained, at home, on and off, for 12 of the last 18 years. what would be an appalling and inexcusable action in any other nation facing similar circumstances, comes as little surprise to anyone

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0:50:48 to 0:51:03( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: who has been following the events in burma offer the last few years. but it wasn't always that way. in fact, the current political situations in burma are ironic and tragic especially when we consider that

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0:51:03 to 0:51:18( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: this country produced one of the great statesman of the modern world, as secretary-general of the u.n. from 1961 to 1971. he work sod hard to promote international human rights and bring peace to troubled

Amy Klobuchar

0:51:18 to 0:51:31( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: regions of the world. in an address to there general assembly commemorting the adoption of the universal declaration of human rights, he said that in an age of jet plane and satellites circling the globe the

Amy Klobuchar

0:51:31 to 0:51:42( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: world is becoming a community, a community with common interests and common as operations. gone are the day -- aspirations. gone are the days when each ac nation is an island to itself. today,

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0:51:42 to 0:51:56( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: questions of human rights are of international concern. the government of burma wants to stay an island into itself and doesn't think the world should concern itself with the human rights of its own people.

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0:51:56 to 0:52:10( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: the military regime's neglect and abuse of its own people challenges our traditional notions of national sovereignty and noninterference. the indifference of the military regime has generated an international

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0:52:10 to 0:52:23( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: debate about humanitarian aid and theid need for stronger international law to deal with cases where national governments fail or refuse to provide adequate aid. in recent years, the international community

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0:52:23 to 0:52:41( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: has come to recognize that a government has a fundamental responsibility to protect its own people. and that we have a responsibility to take action with humanitarian intervention when a government fails

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0:52:41 to 0:52:54( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: in that responsibility. two we eks ago, u.s. navy shapes loaded with aid supplies and -- ships loaded with aid supplies withdrew after unsuccessful attempts to deliver the cargo that could save

Amy Klobuchar

0:52:54 to 0:53:07( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: thousands. u.s. officials will return only when burmese leaders change their mind and allow them to off load their supplies in burma's ports. we cannot simply turn away from the burmese people and allow

Amy Klobuchar

0:53:07 to 0:53:19( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: the burmese regime to continue to sacrifice thousands of lives in order to protect its own security. we must use all available means to compel the regime to allow full aid supplies and personnel to

Amy Klobuchar

0:53:19 to 0:53:31( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: enter the disaster areas and to stay there until survivors are ready and able to begin rebuilding their lives. at the end of the meeting with our local burmese i pledged to them that i would take their

Amy Klobuchar

0:53:31 to 0:53:45( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: stories to washington and do what i can to bring attention to the plight of the people in their country as we use our influence to bring about immediate and long-term constructive change. the rebuilding

Amy Klobuchar

0:53:45 to 0:53:58( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: process in burma will take years. and it is imer tough that -- imperative that in the weeks and months to come we don't lose our focus, commitment or obligation to assist the burmese people. so i will continue to

Amy Klobuchar

0:53:58 to 0:54:38( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: work with my colleagues to draw attention to this situation and to continue to provide every available opportunity to call attention to it. this is our moral responsibility. thank you, madam president.

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