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Aung San Suu Kyi Has Surgery - 2003-09-18


Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has undergone surgery in a Rangoon hospital for gynecological problems.

The Nobel laureate was admitted to the hospital Wednesday night and underwent surgery today (Thursday).

Details of her condition were not immediately available, but hospital sources say the operation was successful.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been held incommunicado at an undisclosed location since she was detained after a pro-junta mob attacked her supporters in the north of the country on May 30th.

The junta cracked down on her National League for Democracy party after her detention, putting an end to a fragile reconciliation process brokered in October, 2000, by the United Nations special envoy to Burma, Razali Ismail.

Since her detention, the United States, Japan and the European Union have imposed harsh sanctions on the ruling generals in Rangoon, including freezing their assets and refusing to issue them visas.

But the generals have refused to resume reconciliation talks with the National League for Democracy. The opposition party won elections in 1990, but the military did not allow it to take power and held Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for years.

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