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Bush Calls For Immediate Release Of Suu Kyi - 2003-06-10


President Bush is calling for the immediate release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

White House spokesman Ari Fleischer says the president has "great concerns" about what is going on in Burma, especially following violent clashes last month between pro-democracy activists and government supporters.

Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi and other members of her political party were arrested following those clashes. Mr. Fleischer says President Bush discussed her detention Tuesday during a White House meeting with the Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

"The president and prime minister in their meeting expressed their deep concern over recent developments in Burma, in particular the violence that occurred on May 30th. The two leaders agreed on the need for the immediate release of San Suu Kyi and other National League for Democracy members," Mr. Fleischer said.

Some members of the U.S. Congress want additional sanctions against Burma in response to the detention. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on Burma's military to release the opposition leader and resume political reconciliation talks, saying her arrest goes against the will of the Burmese people.

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