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Kofi Anan Asks Thailand to Do More to Free Aung San Suu Kyi - 2004-07-13


U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on Thailand to do more to secure the release of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.

Mr. Annan made the request today (Tuesday) during talks in Bangkok with Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Thailand says Mr. Thaksin may travel to Burma to speak with leaders of the country's military government.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained or under house arrest since May 2003.

The United Nations, United States, and European Union have demanded that Burma's military government immediately free the Nobel laureate. The European Union has threatened to cancel an Asia-Europe summit in October due to the Burma issue.

Information for this story is provided by Reuters and AFP.

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