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Tutu Urges India to Work for Release of Burmese Pro-Democracy Leader


Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu is urging India to help secure the release of Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Accepting the Gandhi Peace Prize in New Delhi today, the South African cleric called on India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other officials to work for freedom in both Burma and Tibet.

Archbishop Tutu expressed thanks for India granting refuge to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, and said he hopes India can also push for the release of Burma's political prisoners.

Prime Minister Singh's office said Tutu's remarks were his "personal views."

Burma's military has ruled the country since 1962 and ignored a 1990 landslide election victory by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Since then she has spent most of her time in prison or under house arrest.

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