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Thai FM Back From Burma Expressing Optimism - 2003-09-26


Thailand's Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai is back from his one-day trip to Burma, saying he expects positive developments in the effort to free Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Mr. Surakiart's visit to Rangoon Thursday was designed to promote the so-called Thai "road map" to democracy for Burma. He gave no details of his talks, but he said all the relevant issues were discussed.

A Thai government spokesman said he expects the Burmese government to take action by the time of the summit of Southeast Asian nations, which is scheduled to begin on the Indonesian island of Bali October seventh.

In Rangoon, Aung San Suu Kyi's personal physician said she has recovered sufficiently from major surgery to be discharged from a local hospital in a day or two.

Doctor Tin Myo Win told reporters he intends to be with the 58-year-old opposition leader when she is released, and will accompany her wherever the military government moves her.

Aung San Suu Kyi underwent surgery last week for gynecological problems and other undisclosed ailments. She has been held in detention since the end of May.

Burma's neighbors in Southeast Asia have been trying to win her release before the regional conference in Bali.

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

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