United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he is seriously concerned about reports that the security detail for detained Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been withdrawn.
Earlier Thursday, Burma's opposition party accused the military government of risking Aung San Suu Kyi's health and safety.
Party members reported that the government has cut visits by her doctor from three per week to just one. They also said the government has reduced the number of party members allowed to guard her from 13 to six, and that when she protested, all bodyguards were dismissed.
Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest from more than a year and underwent major surgery in September 2003. She was arrested in May 2003 after a clash between her supporters and a pro-government mob.
Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.