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Australia welcomes greater access to Aung San Suu Kyi

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The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Gareth Evans, today welcomed the decision by the Burmese State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) to ease restrictions on visits to Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

United States Congressman Bill Richardson, accompanied by a correspondent of the New York Times and a representative of the United Nations Development Program, visited Aung San Suu Kyi at her residence this morning (Monday 14 February). .

Senator Evans welcomed the relaxation in the conditions of Aung San Suu Kyi's detention marked by the access visit.

“The visit is a positive and welcome first step towards what we hope can become a wider dialogue on the issues confronting Burma including the process of national reconciliation and improvement of human rights,'' Senator Evans said.

Senator Evans said Australia hoped this development would lead to the immediate and unconditional release of Aung San Suu Kyi. He also urged the SLORC to ease the conditions of detention and ensure the early release of all other political detainees in Burma.

Senator Evans welcomed the visit as a positive response by the SLORC to the legitimate concerns of the international community over the situation in Burma and the international community's wish to work positively for the improvement of that situation.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the former General Secretary of the National League of Democracy, has bgen detained under house arrest since July 1989. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October 1991 in recognition of her determination to bring about political reform in Burma -

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