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United Nations Calls For Independent Inquiry On Depaeyin Incident - 2003-12-02


A United Nations committee is calling for an independent inquiry into a May 30th incident that resulted in the detention of Burmese democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi and several fellow opposition leaders.

The request is contained in a draft resolution adopted Monday by the UN General Assembly's Third Committee (on social, humanitarian and cultural affairs).

The resolution also urges Rangoon to guarantee UN and other international aid organizations safe and unhindered access to all parts of the Southeast Asian nation.

Burma opposed the resolution's adoption, saying it is based on allegations that have not been substantiated and calling it a blatant attempt to interfere in the domestic political process.

Approval came as Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi began her seventh month in the custody of Burma's military government. The 1991 Nobel peace prize winner was detained after a clash between her supporters and a pro-government mob in northern Burma.

She was held in isolation until September, when she underwent gynecological surgery. Since her release from a hospital, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi has been confined to her lakeside home in the Burmese capital.

Three leaders of her National League for Democracy also remain in custody. Five were released last week.

Information for this report is provided by UN Wires.

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