Suu Kyi: SA presses Myanmar

2009-05-25 14:18

Cape Town - South Africa has expressed its concern to Myanmar about the re-arrest of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the international relations and co-operation department said on Monday.

Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim met Myanmar's Ambassador designate Tin OO Lwin on Monday to express the SA government's continued concern about the re-arrest of the leader of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi.

Ebrahim re-iterated government's call for Aung San Suu Kyi's immediate and unconditional release, normalising a political climate conducive to free and fair elections.

"The South African government would like to see Myanmar returning to civilian rule, with a multi-party and functioning democracy.

"South Africa stands ready to assist in its transition, and proposed that a delegation visit Myanmar to facilitate a negotiation process among the various political parties," the department said.