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Singapore ‘disappointed’ at Myanmar court ruling on Suu Kyi

Originally appeared in AFP

February 26, 2010

Singapore said Friday it was disappointed that Myanmar’s Supreme Court had rejected an appeal by democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi against her extended house arrest.

“It is of course very disappointing that her appeal did not succeed,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Singapore said a dialogue between Myanmar authorities, Suu Kyi and other political groups before planned elections this year would offer “the best prospects for national reconciliation and the long-term political stability.”

Myanmar’s military rulers have promised to hold a vote this year under a “roadmap to democracy” but have not set a date.

They have repeatedly rejected international appeals for Suu Kyi to be released ahead of the elections.

Suu Kyi, who has spent most of the last two decades locked up, had her incarceration lengthened by 18 months in August after being convicted over a bizarre incident in which a US man swam to her lakeside home.

Mynmar and Singapore are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) along with Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

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