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US voices concern over Aung San Suu Kyi's health
It has been almost a month since Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi stopped receiving food deliveries. Amidst reports that she is on hunger strike there is world wide concern for her health. The US voiced its concern recently.
REPORTS SUGGESTING that Noble Peace Laureate and Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is on hunger strike, having refused to accept food supplies as of August 15, has raised concerns world wide. The United States, in a statement issued this week expressed concern over her health.
 
There have been conflicting rumours about her hunger strike with Myanmarese leaders of the Opposition in exile and her party the National League for Democracy (NLD) suggesting that she has not been taking food and the military junta insisting that the reports were unfounded.

"We are aware of the reports that Aung San Suu Kyi has refused food deliveries," said a statement on Tuesday from the office of the US state department, quoted by the Myanmar media in exile. The statement went on to add that the regime's continued isolation and detention under house arrest of Suu Kyi makes it impossible to confirm reports such as these. The United States and the international community remain deeply concerned about her welfare, it added.
 
The state department statement said "We continue to urge the regime to release immediately and unconditionally Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as all other political prisoners and begin a genuine, time-bound dialogue on democratic transition with the democratic movement and ethnic minority leaders," the exiled media reported.
 
Earlier, Myanmar military junta had discounted the rumours implying that the NLD leader was on hunger strike.
 
The Myanmar police chief Brigadier General Khin Yi told a press conference on Sunday (September 7) in the country's new jungle capital Naypyitaw that neither Suu Kyi's lawyer nor her personal physician had said anything to the regime regarding her being on hunger strike. Her lawyer had met the NLD leader earlier this month but she did not see her physician this month but had done so in August.
 
"When her lawyer and doctor reported to us after their visits, they did not mention that Suu Kyi was on a hunger strike," the police chief was quoted as saying by the sate run New Light of Myanmar newspaper earlier this week. He, however, evaded mentioning that the Noble Laureate had refused food deliveries since mid-August.
 
Kyi Win, her lawyer, who met her on September 1, said Suu Kyi did not give a direct reply when he asked her whether she was on hunger strike. Her lawyer told the media in exile that the Noble Peace Laureate had said "I am well, but I am losing a little weight".
 
Her party leaders, however, insist that she is on hunger strike to protest her continued detention. Her latest detention period has exceeded five years, which according to the law of the country is illegal. However, the regime's interpretation of the law is that it allows the junta to continue to detain an individual for up to six years. The junta extended her detention in May. Suu Kyi and her lawyer are said to be planning to move court on her continued detention.
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