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Burma's FM: Aung San Suu Kyi to be Freed Eventually - 2003-08-01


Burma's foreign minister says the country's military rulers will free detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but only when they are satisfied the political situation has calmed.

Win Aung made that statement Friday to reporters in Bangkok, at a four-nation meeting of foreign ministers. He refused to be pinned down on a timetable for her release.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained since May 30th, following a clash between her supporters and pro-government demonstrators in northern Burma. Win Aung said the government holds no animosity toward the opposition leader. He said that is why Rangoon has not taken legal action against her.

Thailand is pushing for Rangoon to adopt what it calls a "road map" for democracy in Burma. The Burmese and Thai foreign ministers discussed the plan during a 90-minute meeting Friday.

Burma's Win Aung said he will take the proposal to his leadership and will seek a response. No details of the plan have been released.

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

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