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Myanmar junta stands by its decision to isolate Suu Kyi In this file photo taken on July 17, 2019, Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends the opening ceremony of the Yangon Innovation Centre in Yangon. Detained Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on May 24, 2021 voiced defiance in her first public comments since being held in a coup, vowing her ousted political party would (AFP/STR)
Myanmar’s ruling military on Wednesday stood by its decision to deny a Southeast Asian envoy access to detained former leader Aung San Suu Kyi, resisting growing international pressure to comply with a regional peace plan agreed in April. Vice-Senior General Soe Win, the second in command of the junta that seized power from Suu Kyi’s elected government in February, said allowing a foreigner access to someone charged with crimes was against domestic law. “I believe no country will allow anyone to do beyond the existing law like this,” he said in a speech published in state media.