The International Red Cross says it has met with Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and finds her in good health -- nearly two months after her arrest by the country's military government.
A Red Cross spokesman said the head of its delegation in Burma was allowed to speak with the Nobel peace laureate Monday, in a private setting without interference from government officials. The spokesman said she has not been hurt, but he offered no other details.
Meanwhile, the United States dismissed as "outrageous" Burma's claim that Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested for plotting to seize power.
A State Department spokesman (Richard Boucher) said she and members of her National League for Democracy were victims of a "premeditated" attack when they were detained May 30th.
Burma has been under international pressure to immediately free the democracy leader. Burma's foreign minister (Win Aung) said Monday she will eventually be released, but he refused to say when.
The foreign minister spoke in Jakarta, where he is in talks with Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri and other senior officials. Indonesia chairs the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the regional group is under pressure to win Aung San Suu Kyi's release.
Information for this report is provided by AFP.