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Doctor: Aung San Suu Kyi Recovering Well From Surgery - 2003-09-19


Aung San Suu Kyi's doctor says the detained Burmese opposition leader is recovering well from surgery she underwent on Friday.

Aung San Suu Kyi's personal physician, Tin Myo Win, said today (Saturday) the Nobel laureate has no trace of cancer, and the operation was a success. He would not discuss details of the surgery, but indicated it was related to a gynecological matter.

The doctor says she is up and walking. He described her condition late Friday as "100 percent" fine, but said she will be kept in the hospital for some time. Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi was admitted as a patient earlier in the week.

The 58-year-old pro-democracy leader has been detained since May 30th--held at an undisclosed location and cut off from all public contact. She was arrested after a clash between her supporters and a pro-government mob in northern Burma.

The country's military rulers have ignored repeated calls from the international community for her release.

Security around the hospital is tight. Officers in plain clothes are guarding the (ninth) floor where Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi is staying. Her supporters and Western diplomats trying to visit her have been turned away.

The United States expressed its concern for Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi as soon as her hospitalization became known, and the U.S. State Department has renews its call for Burma's military government to release her and all other political prisoners.

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

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