Hillary asks Myanmar rulers to end their repressive policies

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked Myanmar`s military rulers to end their repressive policies and begin an all inclusive dialogue with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi who was released from house arrest.

Last Updated: Nov 14, 2010, 00:48 AM IST

Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton on Saturday asked Myanmar`s military rulers to end their
repressive policies and begin an all inclusive dialogue with
pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi who was released from
house arrest.

"The United States calls on Burma`s leaders to ensure
that Aung San Suu Kyi`s release is unconditional so that she
may travel, associate with her fellow citizens, express her
views, and participate in political activities without
restriction," Clinton said in a statement.

The Burmese military junta should also immediately and
unconditionally release all of Burma`s 2,100 political
prisoners, she demanded.

"We urge Burma`s leaders to break from their
repressive policies and begin an inclusive dialogue with Aung
San Suu Kyi and other democratic and ethnic leaders towards
national reconciliation and a more peaceful, prosperous, and
democratic future," Clinton said.

Clinton in her statement said she joins billions of
people around the world to welcome the long-overdue release of
Burmese democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung
San Suu Kyi from house arrest.

"Aung San Suu Kyi has endured enormous personal
sacrifice in her peaceful struggle to bring democracy and
human rights to Burma, including unjustified detention for
most of the past twenty years," she said.

"The Burmese regime has repeatedly rejected her offers
to engage in dialogue and work together, trying instead to
silence and isolate her. Through it all, Aung San Suu Kyi`s
commitment to the Burmese people has not wavered," Clinton
said.

The 65-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate, whose
latest period of detention spanned more than seven years, was
released by the junta today.

PTI