ASEAN officials urge appeal to free Suu Kyi

ASEAN officials urge appeal to free Suu Kyi

ASEAN officials urge appeal to free Suu Kyi

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Senior Southeast Asian officials have agreed to ask their foreign ministers to appeal to Myanmar to release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Indonesia said on Friday.

If approved, it would mark a firmer stance than the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) over Myanmar which has merely expressed “deep disappointment” at Suu Kyi’s detention.

Suu Kyi, who has spent 14 of the last 20 years in detention, was sentenced last week to a further 18 months of house arrest for violating an internal security law after an American visited her home uninvited.

“We need to convey our legitimate concerns over the case of Aung San Suu Kyi. Be it in the form of a letter or joint statement it’s up to the foreign ministers to decide,” said Imron Cotan, Indonesia’s delegate at the Jakarta meeting and the secretary general of the foreign ministry.

ASEAN has a policy of non-interference in its members’ domestic affairs and is seen by many as as a toothless talking shop.

Suu Kyi’s sentence means she will be unable to take part in elections next year that have already been dismissed by critics as a sham aimed at legitimising the army’s grip on power.

The United States and the European Union have condemned Myanmar over Suu Kyi’s detention, but their influence over the junta is limited given the former Burma’s thriving trade with China, India and Thailand.

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