UN council urges political freedoms for all in Myanmar
The UN Security Council on Friday urged the military government in Myanmar to respect the fundamental political rights of all people in the country and to release all political prisoners so they can take part in democratic activities, the dpa reported.
It called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League Democracy, who has been under house arrest for more than 10 years.
It said for the political process to be "inclusive and credible, the government of Myanmar must respect fundamental political freedoms, release all political prisoners and detainees, allow the full participation of all political actors, including Aung San Suu Kyi, and take tangible and timely steps toward a genuine dialogue."
The statement was read to the 15-nation council in an open meeting by British Ambassador John Sawers, the council president for May.