Indon envoy hopes to meet Suu Kyi

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  • Tuesday, 23 Sep 2003

YANGON: Indonesian special envoy Ali Alatas went into meetings with Myanmar's military government yesterday sounding less certain that he would meet detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she recovered from surgery. 

Alatas, whose country is current chairman of Asean, one of the few groups willing to have Myanmar as a member, had said on arrival in Yangon on Sunday he expected to meet Suu Kyi, detained more than three months ago. 

But yesterday, the former Indonesian foreign minister said it was up to the Myanmar government whether he would see the woman whose cause he apparently came to plead. 

“I requested to see Aung San Suu Kyi before I came here, but I heard that she underwent a major operation, so I leave this matter to the government,” Alatas said. – Reuters  

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