The United States says it has information that Burma's new prime minister, General Soe Win, was directly involved in an attack that led to the detention of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi last year.
State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher told reporters Wednesday that Washington has a credible report on the incident that implicates the general, a close ally of head of state General Than Shwe.
He also said the change of prime minister in Burma is not likely to have any tangible effect on relations between the military government and pro-democracy opposition movement.
Soe Win replaced the more moderate General Khin Nyunt in an abrupt switch late Monday. Burmese state media said Khin Nyunt retired for health reasons, but Thai officials said he was fired and arrested on corruption charges.
Information for this report is provided by State Dept. Briefing and AFP.