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Ban urges Myanmar junta to release Suu Kyi

india Updated: Jan 09, 2007 12:09 IST

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Myanmar government to release political opponent Aung San Suu Kyi as it has set free 2,831 prisoners, including 40 political prisoners, since New Year's Day.

Ban Monday said Myanmar should "go beyond this first step by releasing all other political prisoners in the country, including Suu Kyi, and by making further concrete progress on all of the issues raised in the context of his good offices".

Ban followed on the steps of his predecessor Kofi Annan by demanding freedom for Suu Kyi, who the military regime in Myanmar (formerly Burma) has put under house arrest for over 10 years for demanding democracy and winning a presidential election in 1990.

UN envoys have been trying unsuccessfully to convince Myanmar to launch democratic reform and national reconciliation dialogue to solve the internal political division.