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Indonesia, Japan Call for Aung San Suu Kyi's Release


Indonesia and Japan are the latest countries to condemn Burma's decision to extend the detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi by another year.

Indonesia on Monday accused Burma's military leadership of tarnishing the reputation of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and called for the Nobel Peace laureate's immediate release.

In Tokyo, the Japanese Foreign Ministry expressed deep concern about the fate of Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been held under house arrest for most of the past 17 years. Japan renewed its call for Burma to move toward democracy and release all political detainees.

Burma's military government says it is implementing a roadmap to democracy, but human rights groups and Western countries complain the reforms are too slow.

Government sources say Burmese officials visited Aung San Suu Kyi's residence Friday and notified her of the extension of her house arrest, which was to have expired Sunday.

The United States, the European Union and the United Nations joined other countries and human rights groups in condemning Burma's decision.

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won the country's elections in 1990, but the government has prevented the party from taking office.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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