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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 27, 1999


Death of Dr. Michael Aris

The First Lady and I were saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Michael Aris, a scholar of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at Oxford University. We offer our sincere condolences to his wife, Aung San Suu Kyi, his sons Alexander and Kim, and other family members.

Dr. Aris's perseverance and dedication to his wife and family, and to the cause of human rights and democracy in Burma, earned him the respect and admiration of citizens around the world. At this difficult time, I want to reaffirm to Michael's family and to all the people of Burma that the United States will keep working for the day when all who have been separated and sent into exile by the denial of human rights in Burma are reunited with their families, and when Burma is reunited with the family of freedom.

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