In what may turn out be US President Barack Obama’s reversal of soft stance towards Myanmar’s junta government, the US government has decided to support a UN inquiry into alleged war crimes perpetuated by the military regime of Myanmar.
Though Mr Obama has always been of the view that isolating Myanmar would not be fruitful, the administration has consistently voiced its concerns over the shadowy junta suspected to be pursuing nuclear weapons.
A US administration official said the United States had opened discussions on how to set up a war crimes probe, a longstanding demand by activists as it could lead to the eventual indictment of junta leaders.
While most global attention on Myanmar focuses on Aung San Suu Kyi, the world's only detained Nobel Peace laureate, activists point out that millions more have suffered in the country's ethnic conflicts.
The US Campaign for Myanmar, led by exiled activists, said that Australia, Britain, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have also supported an inquiry.
It pledged to shift attention to persuading the European Union as a whole and Canada to offer support.
China, the main commercial and political partner of Myanmar, wields veto power on the UN Security Council, meaning that any effort to establish an inquiry would likely come instead at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.