Obama Tells Burma to Free Suu Kyi

Published November 15, 2009

| AP

SINGAPORE - An official says President Barack Obama has told Burma's junta to free pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners.

Obama delivered the message during his summit Sunday with leaders of 10 Southeast Asian nations, which included Burma Prime Minister Gen. Thein Sein.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has told reporters that Obama called on Burma to free Suu Kyi and other political prisoners, and end oppression of minorities.

He says Obama "brought that up directly with that government," press secretary Robert Gibbs said.

Nobel Peace laureate Suu Kyi has been in detention for 14 of the last 20 years.

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