Junta refuses timetable for Suu Kyi's release
Myanmar's military junta has refused to give a timetable for the release of the pro-democracy leader.india Updated: Feb 15, 2007 19:03 IST
Myanmar's military junta on Thursday refused to give a timetable for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Su Kyi and other political prisoners.
Indonesia's foreign minister Hasan Wirajuda said he raised Suu Kyi's detention with his counterpart, Myanmar Foreign Minister U Nyan Win, who was on an official visit to Indonesia, during a close-door morning meeting.
Wirajuda said he also asked whether progress had been made on the junta's repeated promises to create a new constitution and hold elections as part of a "roadmap to democracy".
"The Myanmar government cannot guarantee when the political detainees, including Suu Kyi, will be released," Wirajuda told a press conference.
But he said Nyan Win had "assured" Indonesia that doctors would continue to be allowed to periodically visit Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest at her lakeside Yangon home since July 2003.
Myanmar, a member of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), is facing increased international isolation for its refusal to relinquish power to a civilian government, as well as for gross human rights abuses and alleged involvement in drug trafficking.
Myanmar's military seized power in a coup in 1962 and has since violently crushed various democratic uprisings.
The generals agreed to an open election in 1990, but when Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won, they refused to accept the results and locked up hundreds of members of her party.
First Published: Feb 15, 2007 19:03 IST