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Nobel Laureate Calls for Aung San Suu Kyi's Release - 2003-06-06


A former Nobel Peace Prize winner has joined in the condemnation of last week's detention of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Mairead Corrigan Maguire, who shared the 1976 Peace Prize for founding the Northern Ireland Peace Movement, said she was sad to hear that a fellow Nobel laureate had been taken into custody.

Ms. Maguire called on the United Nations and world governments to pressure Burma's military government to release Aung San Suu Kyi and others detained last week. She also called for economic and travel sanctions against the Burmese regime, as well as the start of reconciliation talks between the government and the opposition.

Ms. Maguire said Aung San Suu Kyi and her supporters are the key to a peaceful and secure Burma.

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