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UN softer on Suu Kyi sentence

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The United Nations Security Council will employ a softer approach to its response regarding unofficial Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi's recent sentence. Earlier this week, the ruling junta sentenced Suu Kyi to an additional 18 months of house arrest following a trial over contact she had with an American man who swam to her lakeside home. China, Libya, Russia and Vietnam opposed a tougher stance on the basis of the UN principle of non-interference in the domestic affairs of a UN member state. The 15-member council eventually agreed to issue a statement expressing "serious concern at the conviction and sentencing of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and its political impact". The military regime has kept Suu Kyi under house arrest for 14 of the past 20 years and refused to recognise her victory in Burma's last elections, held in 1990. The recent sentence means she will be unable to contest next year's planned elections.

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