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U.S. senator says Suu Kyi may ease stance on Myanmar sanctions


Suu Kyi could ease position on sanctions

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi may agree to Washington easing sanctions against the military government, Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia said Monday after securing the release of an American jailed for sneaking into the democracy leader's home. Webb on Sunday ended a short trip to Myanmar, bringing with him to Thailand John Yettaw, whose uninvited stay at Suu Kyi's residence in May caused both to be arrested. Yettaw was getting a medical checkup Monday at a hospital in Bangkok. During his stay, Webb was allowed to meet with Suu Kyi — who is under house arrest — and held talks with the junta chief, Senior Gen. Than Shwe. Suu Kyi is known to support Western sanctions against her country's government, although her precise position is difficult to discern because she has not been able to speak publicly since she was last taken into detention in May 2003.


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Times wires

U.S. senator says Suu Kyi may ease stance on Myanmar sanctions 08/17/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 17, 2009 10:35pm]
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