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WASHINGTON, Dec 19, 2012 (AFP) - The United States is poised to take "nascent steps" to open up military ties with Myanmar as a way of bolstering political reforms undertaken by the former pariah state, a senior US defence official said Wednesday. 

The Pentagon said the cooperation likely would take the form of "non-lethal" training for Myanmar officers focusing on humanitarian assistance, military medicine and defense "reform," the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told reporters. Myanmar already has been invited to attend the Cobra Gold war games in Thailand early next year, as an observer, and has accepted."We're looking at nascent steps on the US-Burmese military-military relationship. We generally support the proposition that carefully calibrated, appropriately targeted and scoped military-to-military contact is effective in advancing overall reform efforts in Burma," the official said."The bottom line is we're interested, we're looking at ways to move forward and I think you'll see appropriately calibrated steps in the near future," he...

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