Press Releases

    SG/SM/8515
    22 November 2002

    SECRETARY-GENERAL HOPES POLITICAL-PRISONER
    RELEASE WILL ADD MOMENTUM TO NATIONAL
    RECONCILIATION PROCESS IN MYANMAR

    NEW YORK, 21 November (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General welcomes the release of political prisoners that began in Yangon, Myanmar, on Thursday, following a statement by the Government that 115 political prisoners would be freed, including many members of the National League for Democracy (NLD).

    During his visit, from 12 to 16 November, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Razali Ismail, strongly urged the Government to release political prisoners in a large number at one time, so that more than 200 political detainees would have been released by the end of 2002. The Secretary-General hopes this first large-scale release will provide fresh momentum for the national reconciliation process in that country.

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