Key nations press for open elections in Myanmar

2010-03-26 08:31

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon says key nations want

Myanmar’s government to give all its people the opportunity to participate

freely in upcoming elections, including political prisoners and detained

opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Ban spoke to reporters after a meeting yesterday of the Group of

Friends of Myanmar to discuss the country’s new electoral laws, which have been

widely criticised as designed to keep Suu Kyi out of the race.

Ban said it’s “frustrating and ... disappointing” that the

country’s military ruler, Senior General Than Shwe, has moved very slowly to

implement commitments he made during their meeting last July, including the

release of political prisoners and Suu Kyi.


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