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Thailand: No Timetable for Burmese Rights Leader's Release


Thailand's foreign minister says it is disappointing that Burma has refused to set a timetable for freeing detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The foreign minister Kantathi Suphamongkhon made the comment Thursday in Bangkok after accompanying Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on a one-day visit to Burma.

The Thai officials traveled Wednesday to Pyinmana, the town in Burma's interior that became the national capital nine months ago, at the decree of the military junta. Mr. Thaksin and a high-level Thai delegation met with Burma's head of state, General Than Shwe, for talks on social, economic, and political issues, but full details of their talks have not been made public.

Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 to honor her leadership of the nonviolent struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma. However, the military junta has kept her in prison or under house arrest for most of the past 16 years.
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