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|2011-02-17 - Celebrity News|
AHN News Staff
U.S. voices concern over Suu Kyi's safety after state media's warning
Washington, DC, United States (AHN) -- The United States has called on the Myanmar government to protect that country's pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who has recently been released from house arrest, after state-owned media publicly threatened her with tragic ends.
Talking to reporters, U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley expressed concerns about Suu Kyi's safety after published threats against her. Crowley said it was a fundamental responsibility of the authorities to ensure her safety and that of all its citizens.
The state media warned Suu Kyi against supporting Western sanctions in wake of her NLD party's comments that the West's punitive measures would pressure the authorities. State media had been silent since the Nobel Peace Prize winner was released from seven years of house arrest last November.
"Burma needs to recognize the legitimacy of the National League for Democracy," Crowley said. He urged the authorities to release all political prisoners immediately. He also called on the Myanmar government to start "a genuine and inclusive dialogue" with its opponents.
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