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Dalai Lama urges Burma to release Su Kyi

August 15, 2009

Phayul
August 12, 2009

Dharamsala, Aug 12 -- His Holiness the Dalai
Lama, currently on a religious tour of Ladakh,
today called for the release of fellow Nobel laureate Aung San Su Kyi.

"I am deeply saddened by the extended detention
of Aung San Suu Kyi to a further period of house
arrest," the Tibetan leader said in a statement
posted on his Official website Wednesday.

"As a fellow Buddhist, I would like to once again
appeal to the Burmese authorities to show
magnanimity and understanding by releasing her.
Doing so will not only contribute towards
reconciliation but also will be a goodwill gesture."

Su Kyi was sentenced Tuesday to three years’
imprisonment for breaching her house arrest by
allowing an American man to stay at her lakeside
house where he swam uninvited. But the country's
leader, General Than Shwe, commuted the sentence to 18 months of house arrest.

Su Kyi’s conviction drew criticism from several
world leaders including UN chief Ban Ki Moon and
US president Barack Obama. But China supported
the verdict and said the international community
should respect the sentence. Chinese foreign
ministry spokeswoman, Jiang Yu Jiang said,
"International society should fully respect Myanmar's judicial sovereignty."

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(ASEAN) called Su Kyi’s conviction a "set back"
to its efforts "as a regional bloc to build an
image of being a single, united community."

"It is lamentable that we cannot interfere with
the affairs of another sovereign state such as
Burma. But still, we feel that it is a setback on
what we are doing as far as bringing together and
as having unity among ASEAN because Burma is a
member of ASEAN," Executive Secretary Eduardo
Ermita told reporters Wednesday at the National
Summit on International Humanitarian Law in the Philippines.
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