United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he is deeply disappointed in the decision of Burma's military rulers to extend the house arrest of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for another six months.
The statement by Mr. Annan says the continued detention is not in the interest of Burma's national reconciliation and democratization.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the head of the National League for Democracy, has spent 10 of the past 16 years in detention, mostly under house arrest. Her current sentence was due to expire this month.
Mark Farmaner of Burma Campaign UK told VOA's Burmese Service that Aung San Suu Kyi's detention was extended because the junta's ruling generals hope the world will forget about her.
The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Burma for its suppression of the pro-democracy movement.
Some information for this story provided by AFP.