THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Nashville, Tennessee)
STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
President Clinton welcomes the announcement earlier today by the Burmese authorities that Aung San Suu Kyi has been unconditionally released after almost six years of house arrest. The President, who has repeatedly called for the Nobel Prize winner's freedom since the beginning of his Administration, expressed gratification that the efforts of the international community had finally secured her release. If her release enables her to participate freely in a genuine process of political reconciliation leading to the installation of a democratically-elected government, today's development would mark a major milestone towards the restoration of peace and stability in Burma.
Even while welcoming her release, President Clinton expressed concern about a number of serious and unresolved human rights problems in Burma, including the continued detention of other political opponents, the failure to permit the International Red Cross to visit prisoners and the ongoing military campaigns against a number of ethnic groups.
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