Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri has appointed a world-renown veteran diplomat as special envoy to Burma, to negotiate the release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Former Foreign Minister Ali Alatas is the president's choice. He says he has asked Burma for permission to travel there.
Indonesia is the current chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. It has urged Burma's ruling military government to free her before the annual ASEAN summit, which begins on the resort island of Bali October seventh.
Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained since May 30th, following a violent clash between government supporters and opposition activists. The military has so far ignored international appeals for her release.
One of those appeals came Wednesday from Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, who said in Bangkok that the European Union should put more economic pressure on Burma. She said that on behalf of several Nobel laureates, she has sent letters to European commissioners as well as to Germany's foreign minister.
Ms. Williams also called on ASEAN countries to do more to encourage Aung San Suu Kyi's release.
The European Union has stopped issuing visas to Burmese officials and has frozen the assets of military leaders. Japan and the United States also have imposed harsh sanctions on the leaders in Rangoon.
Information for this report is provided by AFP.