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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 13, 2003


Burma - Support for Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi was recognized once again last week, receiving a major award for her "heroic efforts to bring freedom to Burma." At the same time, in Burma, local members of a government-affiliated organization have been handing out pamphlets defaming her, her family, and her struggle. In addition, the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council, has arrested democratic activists, denying them the peaceful expression of their political views.

While the world community looks forward to reconciliation and democracy for the people of Burma, the regime there seems to be looking backward. The United States once again calls on the military regime to release all political prisoners immediately and unconditionally and to engage in a real dialogue regarding constitutional issues. We continue to support the efforts of United Nations Special Envoy Razali Ismail to foster change. It is time for the people of Burma to be given hope for the future.

Released on February 13, 2003

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