Razali arrives in Yangon to see Suu Kyi


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  • Saturday, 07 Jun 2003

YANGON: UN envoy Tan Sri Razali Ismail arrived in Myanmar yesterday to try to meet detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, hours after Washington said she had been the victim of a “premeditated ambush” by a mob linked to the ruling military junta. 

Razali met with Foreign Affairs Minister Win Aung and was briefed on deadly May 30 clashes between supporters of the Nobel peace laureate and a junta-backed mob, a source close to the national reconciliation talks said. 

He received the same information ambassadors were given by the junta the day after the violence, including that Suu Kyi was not hurt. 

The source confirmed that Razali had inquired about meeting with the opposition leader, but had yet to receive a reply. 

Razali's 10th visit to Myanmar comes a day after US Embassy officials visited the site of the May 30 violence in northern Myanmar, US State Department spokesman Philip Reeker said in a statement from Washington. 

 

“Their findings indicate that there was a premeditated ambush on Aung San Suu Kyi's motorcade.  

 

“Circumstances and reports from individuals in the region indicate that the attack was conducted by government-affiliated thugs.” 

The United States has led an outpouring of global outrage over the famed democracy icon's detention and accompanying crackdown on her National League for Democracy (NLD) party. 

Diplomats said the mood here following Razali's arrival was hopeful. – AFP  

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