August 13, 2009
Agence France Presse: Communist Vietnam Thursday called Aung San Suu Kyi’s conviction an “internal affair” for Myanmar, while backing regional calls for national reconciliation in the military-run state.
“Vietnam closely follows recent developments in Myanmar. It’s our view that Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial is Myanmar’s internal affair,” foreign ministry spokesman Le Dung said.
He said that with other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Vietnam “hopes that Myanmar continues to implement the ‘democracy roadmap’” in the run-up to elections due next year.
Hanoi also calls on Myanmar to “adopt measures to promote national reconciliation and dialogue between concerned parties in Myanmar” for the sake of both its own people and for stability in the region, the spokesman said.
The junta this week extended Suu Kyi’s house arrest for another 18 months, drawing outrage from the United States and Europe but a mixed response from Myanmar’s partners in ASEAN.
The 10-nation bloc expressed “deep disappointment” over the democracy leader’s conviction but faced new criticism from activists after pledging to “remain constructively engaged with Myanmar”.
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