Maldives Gives Cautious Welcome to Burmese Reform
31 October 2011, Ref: 2011-737

The Maldives today gave a cautious welcome to recent political reforms in Burma.

The Burmese government has freed hundreds of political prisoners in recent weeks and initiated a series of direct talks with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

“The Maldives welcomed the release of the 200 political prisoners on 11 October. We would like to see all remaining political prisoners in Burma freed,” said President’s Office Press Secretary Mohamed Zuhair.

“The ongoing talks between the government and Aung San Suu Kyi have the potential to lead to meaningful democratic reforms,” said Zuhair.

The Press Secretary added that many members of the international community are looking to the Burmese government to make “significantly more progress on issues of democracy and human rights.”

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