2010-09-28 12:58:50

Ministers warn Burma to free prisoners ahead of elections

Foreign ministers from key nations yesterday warned Burma’s ruling 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.

Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party and nine other opposition parties have been banned from participating in the November 7th elections, the country’s first in two decades.

Last week, the junta said that Suu Kyi will be allowed to vote in the elections.

Following the meeting, UN chief Ban Ki Moon said the group had “clearly reiterated the need for the election process to more inclusive, participatory and transparent”

News editor for the Democratic Voice of Burma, Moe Aye, says he doesn’t think the UN statement will have much effect.

“The election will not be reliable, will not be recognised by the international community,” he told Vatican Radio. “so they will do whatever they want, they will not release Aunt San Suu Kyi or political prisoners and they will continue by their own way.” RealAudioMP3

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