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Myanmar's Suu Kyi pleads for medical attention

india Updated: Nov 13, 2006 12:56 IST

Myanmar's detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said that she was being denied medical attention by her country's authorities.

She said this while meeting UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari at a government guesthouse in Myanmar on Sunday evening.

In the first photo published in the last three years, Miss Suu Kyi (61), the only Nobel laureate to be held under house arrest, appeared gaunt and frail, looking unsmilingly at the camera.

She had a operation in 2003 and suffered stomach troubles in June, reported The Telegraph.

Later, a statement issued by the UN said: "Miss Suu Kyi conveyed to Gambari that she is in good health, but requires more regular medical visits."

The National League for Democracy leader, whose party won elections by a landslide in 1990, but has never been allowed to take power, has not seen her doctor for more than two months.

Gambari, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, reportedly said: "She is reasonably well, considering that she has been in detention for 10 of the last 17 years or so.

She is very alert. She has concern not only about her own welfare but the welfare of the people of Myanmar."