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FORAFF: JRH overjoyed at news of Aung San Suu Kyi release  John M. Miller
 May 06, 2002 05:35 PDT 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

Second Transitional Government of East Timor

Monday 6 May 2002

For Immediate Release


Senior Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, a
long time lobbyist for the release of Burmese pro-democracy leader, and,
fellow Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, said he is overjoyed
with the news his friend has been released.

"I warmly applaud the wise decision of the Government of Burma in releasing
our dear friend and colleague Ms Aung San Suu Kyi." a visibly moved Dr
Ramos-Horta said in Dili today.

In December last year at the Centenary Celebrations of the Nobel Peace
Prize in Norway, Dr Ramos-Horta took the opportunity to rally his friends
and fellow Laureates in calling for Ms Aung San Suu Kyi's release. Banding
together in a moving tribute in Oslo's centre square, Dr Ramos-Horta
presented a letter signed by the Laureates addressed to the Burmese
Government urging for their sister be released.

"Aung San Suu Kyi, Bishop Carlos Belo and myself are the only living Peace
Prize Laureates from the South East Asia region." Dr Ramos-Horta said.

"I do believe that there are prospects of real change for Burma, but the
International Community must take some positive steps in encouraging these
changes." Dr Ramos-Horta said.

"For one, I believe that economic and trade sanctions should be lifted, and
foreign investment be encouraged as a way towards creating a socially
stable environment and towards alleviating poverty." Dr Ramos-Horta said

Dr Ramos-Horta is in Dili busily preparing for the Independence
Celebrations of East Timor, independence which he says would not have been
possible without amongst other factors, the weight of the Nobel Prizes
awarded to the struggle in 1996.


For further information contact:

Ms Caroline O'Brien
Media Liaison Officer Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Second Transitional Government East Timor
Telephone: +61 (0) 417 879 953
Email: foreign-@un.org
Website: www.gov.easttimor.org

John M. Miller         Internet: jo-@etan.org

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East Timor Action Network: 10 Years for Self-Determination & Justice

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