UN chief for release of all political prisoners in Myanmar

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has underlined the need for Myanmar`s military regime to release all political prisoners "as a matter of priority” in telephonic talks with democracy icon Aung Sang Suu Kyi.

Updated: Nov 18, 2010, 22:53 PM IST

United Nations: UN chief Ban Ki-moon has
underlined the need for Myanmar`s military regime to release
all political prisoners "as a matter of priority” in
telephonic talks with democracy icon Aung Sang Suu Kyi.

"The Secretary-General and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi both
stressed the need for the Myanmar authorities to release all
remaining political prisoners as a matter of priority," the UN
said after Ban made his first phone call to recently released
Suu Kyi.

Welcoming her release, the Secretary-General
"expressed his admiration for Daw Aung Aung Suu Kyi’s courage
and dignity as a source of inspiration for millions of people
around the world," according to a statement released by Ban`s
office.

Last week, the Nobel Peace Prize winner was released
by the military regime after her latest sentence expired.

65-year-old Suu Kyi has been under detention for most
of the past two past decades.

The release of the leader of the opposition National
League for Democracy, which won the national elections in
1990, comes after the first elections in nearly two decades
that have been dismissed as a sham by most of the
international community.

Suu Kyi was not allowed to participate in the
elections, which was won by pro-military parties.
Ban said that he was "encourage by the spirit of
reconciliation" in the statements Suu Kyi made after her
release.

The Nobel Peace Laureate thanked Ban for persistently
calling for her release and for his visit to Myanmar last
week--although he was not allowed to see her.

?She recalled the Secretary-General`s visit to Yangon
in July 2009 and his desire to meet her, and expressed her
appreciation for the continuous efforts he has made on her
behalf," the statement said.

Suu Kyi expressed her desire to engage with the top
UN official in Myanmar to push ahead with addressing the
challenges in the country.

PTI