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UN Envoy Indonesian FM Talk About Aung San Suu Kyi - 2003-06-29


Indonesia's foreign minister has held talks with a United Nations envoy about efforts to win the release of Burma's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Foreign Minister Hassan Wirauda met with Razali Ismail for more than an hour in Jakarta today (Saturday). An Indonesian foreign ministry spokesman (Marty Natalegawa) said the discussion was a follow-up to last week's talks at the ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting in Cambodia.

Ministers at the meeting in Phnom Penh urged Burma to free Aung San Suu Kyi, but did not agree on sanctions.

Indonesia is the new chair of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Mr. Razali's one-day visit to Jakarta comes amid growing international calls to free Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained May 30th after a clash between her supporters and pro-government groups in northern Burma.

The United States, the European Union and Britain have moved to impose sanctions against Burma to press for the release of the Nobel peace laureate. Japan added to the pressure Wednesday by suspending aid.

Mr. Razali, a Malaysian diplomat, helped win Aung San Suu Kyi's release last year after more than 18 months of house arrest. He recently travelled to Burma, becoming the only foreigner to have seen the democracy leader since she was detained.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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