Belgian ambassador meets Suu Kyi

3rd December 2010, Comments 0 comments

The ambassador of Belgium, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, on Friday met Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi at her home and reiterated support for her fight for democracy.

Belgium's Foreign Minister Steven Vanackere said in a statement that the ambassador had told the democracy leader, who was released November 13, that European Union member states would back efforts to win democracy in Myanmar.

"The November 7 election not having produced an opening that was awaited, Belgium as well as other EU member states must back the democratic opposition in general and Aung San Suu Kyi in particular", he said.

"It is indispensable that the voice of the democratic opposition, as well as those of ethnic minorities and civil society, be heard," Vanackere added.

The minister also called for the release of the country's estimated 2,100 political prisoners.

"I urge the Myanmar regime to ensure that Aung San Suu Kyi's recent release be a first step towards the unconditional release of all the other political prisoners."

Amnesty International claims there are still more than 2,200 political prisoners in Myanmar being held under vague laws frequently used to criminalise peaceful political dissent.

© 2010 AFP

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