Obama said, "I call on the Burmese government to release National League for Democracy (NLD) secretary general and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi from detention immediately and unconditionally."
Obama also urged Burma to release Suu Kyi's fellow political prisoners. "Suu Kyi has represented profound patriotism, sacrifice and the vision of a democratic and prosperous Burma," said the US President.
In the statement issued by the White House, Obama said, "Such an action would be an affirmative and significant step on Burma"s part to begin to restore its standing in the eyes of the United States and the world community and to move toward a better future for its people."
Former US President Jimmy Carter said that Suu Kyi is a hero for those who believe in human rights and democracy. He said, "her ongoing detention is a further reflection on the integrity of the government."