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Indonesian Envoy Plans Burma Visit Next Week - 2003-09-19


An Indonesian envoy anticipates traveling to Burma next week to seek the release of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Ali Alatas told the French news agency Friday that he expects to go to Rangoon next week, but that the date for his visit has not yet been fixed. Mr. Alatas, a former Indonesian foreign minister, will be representing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

On Thursday, the Philippines warned that ASEAN may censure Burma if it refuses to allow Mr. Alatas to visit.

Indonesia, the current chair of ASEAN, has urged Burma's military government to release Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi before October seventh, the starting data of the annual ASEAN summit in Bali.

Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi has been held out of public contact at an undisclosed location since May 30th. The democracy campaigner was detained after a clash between her supporters and a pro-government mob in the north of the country.

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