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Burma Says Aung San Suu Kyi is Safe, Healthy - 2003-07-02


Thailand's prime minister says the Burmese government has shown him a photograph that shows that jailed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is safe and healthy.

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said Wednesday that Burmese Deputy Foreign Minister Khin Maung Win showed him a picture of Aung San Suu Kyi during talks Tuesday in Bangkok. The Thai official said the democracy campaigner appeared to be healthy and living in good conditions.

The picture has not been shown in public and there is no word on exactly when it was taken.

A senior British official said last month he had learned that Aung San Suu Kyi was being held under deplorable conditions in a two-room hut at the notorious Insein Prison outside Rangoon.

Burmese officials have refused to say exactly where she is or when she will be freed.

They arrested her May 30th after a deadly clash between pro-democracy activists and government supporters.

The United Nations and many European and Asian nations are demanding her immediate release. The Bush administration is considering additional harsh sanctions on the Burmese military government.

Britain Wednesday formally asked the British-American Tobacco company, known as BAT, to pull out of Burma.

BAT operates a 16-million-dollar cigarette factory in a joint venture with the Burmese government. BAT says it will give its official reply soon.

British-based Premier Oil recently severed its ties to Burma under pressure from both the British government and consumers.

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