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ASEAN Chief Optimistic Burma Will Free Aung San Suu Kyi For Constitutional Talks - 2004-04-15


A top Asian diplomat says he believes Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be released from house arrest in time to take part in constitutional talks with the country's military government next month.

In an interview with Reuters news agency, the head of the Association of South East Asian Nations, Ong Keng Yong, says the release this week of two senior members of the opposition National League for Democracy is a positive sign.

The two party officials were freed Tuesday after spending a nearly year under house arrest.

Mr. Ong says Burma's government has indicated to ASEAN its so-called "road map to democracy" involves participation by Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD at a conference scheduled for May 17th to draft a new constitution.

But Mr. Ong told Reuters Aung San Suu Kyi must be willing to work with Burma's military government at the convention.

Information for this report is provided by Reuters.

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