Aung San Suu Kyi's release a step towards democracy, says Aquino

November 15, 2010 3:26 am 

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Nov. 14 — President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomes the release of Aung San Suu Kyi as a positive direction towards Myanmar’s path towards democracy.

“I welcome the decision of Myanmar's government to release Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday. While it is still unclear if there are conditions attached to her release, this is a positive step in the direction towards democracy,” the President declared in his statement.

A Nobel laureate, Suu Kyi was released Saturday night after being detained for 15 of the past 21 years.

Although Suu Kyi was released, the President said other political prisoners have not been freed and the November 7 elections in Myanmar “has not been viewed as credible.”

”In the interest of its people and the region's long-term stability, I encourage Myanmar's government to build upon the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and take concrete steps towards a more open and fair system, efforts which will be surely welcomed by the rest of the international community,” the President said. (PNA)

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