His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
On the release of Aung San Suu Kyi
[November 14, 2010]
I welcome the decision of Myanmar’s government to release Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday.
While it is still unclear if there are conditions attached to her release, this is a positive step in the direction towards democracy.
But much more must be done for Myanmar to prove it is serious about pursuing its roadmap to democracy.
Other political prisoners have not been freed and the recently concluded election has not been viewed as credible.
In the interest of its people and the region’s long-term stability, I encourage Myanmar’s government to build upon the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and take concrete steps towards a more open and fair system, efforts which will be surely welcomed by the rest of the international community.