The U.S. State Department has marked the 18th anniversary of the founding of the Burma's National League for Democracy on September 27th with a statement expressing support for detained party leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The statement also praises the UN Security Council for putting Burma on its permanent agenda and said the repression of the NLD by the Burmese military government impacts stability in the region.
The NLD won national elections by a landslide in 1990, but Burma's military did not allow it to assume power.
Aung San Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, has been in detention for ten of the last 16 years.
She was most recently taken into custody in May of 2003. The military government announced a one-year extension of her house arrest in May.