Suu Kyi faces house arrest?

SINGAPORE Sept. 26. The Thailand's Foreign Minister, Surakiart Sathirathai, today expressed optimism about the possibility of a `positive' development relating to Myanmar's treatment of Aung San Suu Kyi, the celebrated campaigner for democracy in that country. Mr. Surakiart made this observation in the context of his latest visit to Myanmar in a bid to secure Ms. Suu Kyi' release from the so-called "protective custody'' of the military rulers in Yangon.

Mr. Surakiart has visited Yangon as the Special Envoy of the Thai Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, ahead of a summit of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), scheduled to be held in Bali next month. Ali Alatas, Special Envoy of the Indonesian President, Megawati Sukarnoputri, has also held talks with the leaders of the junta in Myanmar. Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar are members of the 10-nation ASEAN.

Ms. Suu Kyi was today discharged from a hospital, where she underwent surgery for an unspecified reason, and returned to her residence. Tin Myo Win, the personal physician of Ms Suu Kyi is reported to have quoted the Myanmarese authorities as saying that she would be placed under house arrest. She was arrested on May 30 this year, following clashes between the supporters of the military Government and some members of her NLD. Since that day, she has been held in detention at undisclosed locations until she was shifted to a hospital about 10 days ago.

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