Key nations say Myanmar must free Suu Kyi
Foreign ministers from key nations are telling Myanmar's
military junta that the release of political prisoners including detained
opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is "essential" for upcoming
elections to be seen as credible.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said after a closed-door
meeting Monday that the ministers reiterated the need for the election process
"to be more inclusive, participatory and transparent."
The Nov. 7 elections will be Myanmar's first in two decades
but critics say the polls are designed to cement nearly 50 years of military
Suu Kyi's disbanded National League for Democracy party
marked what would be its 22nd anniversary Monday under tight surveillance. It
was dissolved earlier this year, after deciding to boycott the election.