Myanmar's foreign minister has claimed anti-junta forces orchestrated the bizarre visit by an American to the prison home of Aung San Suu Kyi, state media reported on the fifth day of her trial.
The New Light of Myanmar reported Foreign Minister Nyan Win made the claims Monday during a phone call with his counterpart in Japan, Hirofumi Nakasone, as they discussed fresh charges brought against the democracy leader.
It reported Nyan Win as saying that the junta believed the visit was arranged by opposing groups to stoke tensions between the government and its western critics.
"Minister U Nyan Win expressed his opinion that... It was likely that this incident was timely trumped up, to intensify international pressure on Myanmar, by internal and external anti-government elements," the New Light said.
State authorities often refer to members of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy and exiled oppositions groups collectively as "anti-government forces".
Aung San Suu Kyi was put on trial Monday for breaching the terms of her house arrest over a visit by American John Yettaw, who filmed himself inside the 63-year-old's lakeside home, where he spent two days earlier this month.