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EU Urges Burma to Release Aung San Suu Kyi


The European Union has called on Burma's military government to release pro-democracy advocate and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

An EU statement issued Tuesday called on the military junta to release all political prisoners immediately and expressed grave concern about the human rights situation in Burma.

The EU expressed its support for national reconciliation in Burma and respect for human rights and democracy there.

Burma's military leadership crushed a pro-democracy movement in 1988, and refused to recognize election results after a landslide victory by the opposition National League for Democracy in 1990.

As opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi has spent 10 of the last 16 years in detention, mostly under house arrest.