Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (BBN)- The United Stats has urged China, Malaysia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to use their influence in securing the release of Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the call in a press conference with Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Anifah bin Haji Aman in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
The fresh call came after filing a new charge against Aung San Suu Kyi by Burmese ruling junta because an American tourist swam to her lakeside home for a visit last week.
“We oppose the regime’s efforts to use this incident as a pretext to place further unjustified restrictions on her,” said Hillary Clinton, according to Voanews.com “And therefore we call on the Burmese authorities to release her immediately and unconditionally, along with her doctor, and the more than 21 hundred [2,100] political prisoners currently being held.”
Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won Burmese national elections in 1990 but she was barred from taking power and has been under various forms of detention most of the time since then.
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