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Japan And Indonesia Plan To Present  Aung San Suu Kyi's Case At Asean Summit - 2003-10-04


The leaders of Japan and Indonesia are planning to bring up the subject of detained Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi at an upcoming regional summit attended by Burmese Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt.

Japan's Kyodo news service says Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is expected to meet with General Khin Nyunt on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit next week to press for Aung San Suu Kyi's release from house arrest.

However, Japanese officials are quoted as saying no formal meeting between the two leaders has been set.

Japan is Burma's biggest donor nation, but suspended its developmental assistance in July because of Rangoon's treatment of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Meanwhile, Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri reportedly is expected to deliver a report to the summit on the Nobel peace laureate, who since May 30th has been detained at a secret location and later placed under house arrest.

Indonesia has been trying to persuade Burma to release Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent much of the last 15 years under house arrest.

The ASEAN summit is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Bali, Indonesia.

The United States and the European Union have imposed economic sanctions against Burma for refusing to free Aung San Suu Kyi. Her National League For Democracy won Burma's last parliamentary election by a landslide in 1990, but the military refused to relinquish power.

Asean comprises Burma, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and AP.

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