By LALIT K JHA
WASHINGTON —The US government urged Burma’s military junta on Monday to grant the country’s ailing pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi immediate access to medical care.
“The US government is concerned about reports that Aung San Suu Kyi needs medical care and that the Burmese authorities have detained her primary personal physician, Dr. Tin Myo Win,” said State Department spokesman Ian Kelly.
“We urge the Burmese regime to allow Aung San Suu Kyi to receive immediate medical care from a doctor. We further call on the regime to permit Aung San Suu Kyi to meet with her personal attorney immediately,” Kelly said.
With the anniversary of Suu Kyi’s detention approaching, Kelly added: “We join with the calls of the international community and urge her immediate release, along with the release of all the more than 2,100 political prisoners the Burmese regime currently holds.”
Meanwhile, the US Campaign for Burma urged world leaders, including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to speak out for the freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and her doctor.
“The world needs to act urgently to ensure that Aung San Suu Kyi is released immediately, so that she will have all the medical attention she needs,” said Aung Din, co-founder of the US Campaign for Burma. “The arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi’s doctor puts her in a seriously dangerous situation.”
To date, the United Nations has remained “puzzlingly” silent on the arrest of Suu Kyi’s doctor, added Aung Din.
Burma’s neighboring countries and members of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations have also issued no official comment on the issue.