Myanmar's icon Suu Kyi in good condition

Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was in good condition, her doctor informed on Tuesday.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2006 11:36 IST

Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was in good condition, her doctor said on Tuesday in the first report on her condition since an illness that sparked international concern.

"She is in good condition," doctor Tin Myo Win told AFP.

He said he had gone to her lakeside home in Yangon, where she is under house arrest, to treat her for stomach problems on Thursday.

But he said she had never been hospitalized, denying reports from her party and from exiled dissidents. "It's not true," he said.

Reports that the 60-year-old pro-democracy leader was ill had drawn statements of concern from the United States and from fellow activists, who called on the nation's military rulers to ensure she receives proper treatment.

Aung San Suu Kyi has spent more than 10 of the last 17 years under house arrest, with only a shortwave radio to connect her to the outside world.

Myanmar's junta allows Tin Myo Win to visit once a month.

Despite international calls for her release, the junta again extended her house arrest for another year in May.

She has been detained at her residence in Yangon this time since a May 2003 attack on her convoy by junta-backed militia in the country's central region.

Aung San Suu Kyi was first thrown into prison after the assault but after a gynecological operation four months later she was allowed to return home. She will turn 61 on Monday.

First Published: Jun 13, 2006 11:36 IST