Indian lawmakers call for Suu Kyi's release

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New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): A forum of Indian lawmakers has urged Myanmar's military junta to release incarcerated pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Gathering under the banner of the Indian Parliamentarians' Forum For Democracy In Burma (IPFDB), the lawmakers said Suu Kyi's release is essential for the restoration of democracy in Myanmar.

"Since she had swept the polls last year, her release from the jail would be the essential point in the process of restoration of democracy in Burma," said Sharad Joshi, convener of the forum.

Others called for an independent foreign policy on Myanmar.

"India must have its own policy towards Burma and it will add to the moral authority of India not only in the Southeast Asia but also in the world. We need to have our own independent policy towards Burma and India must come out openly denouncing what the military junta is doing in Burma," said D.Raja of the CPI.

India wants Myanmar to expedite political reform and national reconciliation but has also reaffirmed its desire to build on their strong relationship despite pressure from the West.

Suu Kyi faces three to five years in prison if found guilty for breaking the terms of her house arrest by letting an American intruder stay for two days after he swam to her home in May.

Suu Kyi has been detained for more than 13 of the last 19 years. (ANI)

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