Obama urges release of Burma democracy champion Suu Kyi

November 15, 2009

(ChattahBox) — President Obama has delivered a strong message directly to Burma Prime Minister Gen. Thein Sein, during his summit with leaders of 10 Southeast Asian nations in Singapore.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters that Mr Obama called on Burma to free his fellow Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy leader, and other political prisoners, and end oppression of minorities.
The president’s calls follow last week’s meeting between Suu Kyi and a group of US diplomats who were allowed to visit the pro-democracy leader.  Ms Suu Kyi’s house arrest was extended in August beyond the elections planned for next year. She has spent 14 of the past 20 years in detention.

Obama, on his inaugural trip to Asia as president, is the first U.S. leader to sit down with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore applauded the United States for moving past the Myanmar issue, which has hamstrung relations between Washington and the Southeast Asian region for many years.

“That… the US president considers it worthwhile to have a summit meeting with all 10 ASEAN members notwithstanding difficulties which they have, particularly with Myanmar, I think that´s very significant,” he said.


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