Myanmar (Burma)

    The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, issued a “strong plea” on March 1 for the release of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for more than a decade. Ashton’s call came after Myanmar’s Supreme Court on Feb. 26 turned down an appeal by Suu Kyi against her latest 18-month house detention sentence, which is set to prevent her from taking part in an election planned this year. “The authorities still have a chance to change course through the legal possibility of a final appeal,” Ashton’s spokesman Lutz Gullner said in a statement. He added that Ashton was making “a strong plea (to Myanmar authorities) to grasp that opportunity in the interest of the future of their country and its people.” (DPA)

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