South African Government regrets Decision of Myanmar Authorities to Convict Aung San Suu Kyi of Subversion

PretoriaThe South African Government today Tuesday 11 August 2009, joined the international community in unequivocally condemning the decision by the authorities in Myanmar to convict opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on charges of subversion.

Deputy Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Ebrahim Ebrahim said, “The government of South Africa is deeply saddened and regrets the decision of the Myanmar authorities to convict Aung San Suu Kyi on charges of subversion.”

“The South African government believes an opportunity for movement towards democratisation, nation building and reconciliation has been lost.  Accordingly the South African government calls for Aung San Suu Kyi’s immediate release so that she can participate in preparations for the 2010 elections.”

“The South African government calls on all parties and political role players to begin an inclusive dialogue that would create the conditions for democratisation and political inclusivity in which free and fair elections can be held so Myanmar can take its place in the community of nations following its 2010 elections.”

Issued by Nomfanelo Kota on 082 459 3787

Department of International Relations and Cooperation
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11 August 2009



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