Thailand urges Myanmar to release Suu Kyi, all political detaine

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Bangkok, Oct 8 (UNI) Thailand today urged Myanmar to release detained democracy icon and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners.

During a Special Session on Myanmar of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Thailand's representative, said political unrest in Myanmar directly affected his country which shares a 2,400-km border with Myanmar and hosts more than a million Myanmar citizens, Ministry of Foreign Affairs here said in a press statement.

Thailand's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations in Geneva, Sihasak Phuangketkeow, said,''In reiterating our very grave concern, my government believes it is incumbent upon us to seize the opportunity of the present situation to look ahead together and see how we can all help assist the situation in Myanmar to move forward in a constructive and positive direction.'' ''We therefore urge the authorities in Myanmar and all sides concerned to resume the quest for national reconciliation and work towards the path of democratisation for the good of the people of Myanmar and the region at large,'' Sihasak added.

Reiterating Thailand's call for the release of all political detainees, including Suu Kyi, the Thai representative advised the rulers of Myanmar to move ahead on their seven-step roadmap to democracy.

''Now is the time to move forward in a tangible way to achieve what has been promised. If this is the case, I am sure that the international community will be forthcoming and would be prepared to engage and assist Myanmar to move forward along the path towards greater peace and prosperity,'' he concluded.

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