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Aung San Suu Kyi

Volume 461: debated on Monday 11 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking in response to the ongoing imprisonment of Aung San Suu Kyi. (140979)

We have repeatedly condemned the continuing detention of Aung San Suu Kyi. My right. hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary issued a statement on 26 May condemning the Burmese government's decision to extend Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest by a further year and called for her release and that of all other political prisoners in Burma. The EU also released a similar statement on 25 May.

On 28 May, my right hon. Friend the Minister for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs, (Mr. McCartney), met the Burmese Foreign Minister at the Asia/Europe Foreign Ministers meeting in Hamburg and called again for the Burmese government to release Aung San Suu Kyi.

With the UN and other key partners, we will continue to press for an open and inclusive political process in Burma, and an improvement in the human rights situation. The release of Aung San Suu Kyi is central to both objectives.