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Angus Mackenzie (Departmental): 02 6261 1555


FA 058 28 May 2007


I am saddened and disappointed by the decision of the Burmese regime to once again extend the detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for a further year. The situation in Burma remains bleak and I continue to be very concerned by the lack of genuine political reform and any move towards reconciliation.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been in detention since May 2003 and has spent more than 11 of the past 18 years in detention. There can be no justification for her continuing detention, nor the imprisonment of over 1000 political detainees. I call once again on the Burmese regime to immediately and unconditionally release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners in Burma.

I urge the Burmese regime to demonstrate genuine progress towards democratic political reform as a matter of priority and to undertake constructive dialogue and reconciliation with all political and ethnic groups. It is important that all Burmese can work together to build a stable and prosperous nation in which they can all participate and flourish.

We will continue to work with the Burmese people, the United Nations and international community to secure that aim.