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US welcomes Myanmar committee on dissidents

Myanmar President Thein Sein pictured in New Delhi on December 20, 2012. On Thursday, state media said Thein Sein had established a committee to review political prisoner cases "to grant them liberty."The United States welcomed the creation of a committee to review and release Myanmar's last remaining political prisoners. After long denying their existence, the Myanmar regime has freed hundreds of political detainees since President Thein Sein took power in March 2011, and announced a review of all "politically concerned" cases in November.