May 12, 2009 / 8:30 AM / 10 years ago

Myanmar's Suu Kyi recovering from illness - party

YANGON (Reuters) - Detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is responding well to treatment for low blood pressure and dehydration but needs further medical checks, a spokesman for her party said on Tuesday.

Detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi poses after meeting United Nations envoy Ibrahim Gambari (not pictured) in Yangon in this October 2, 2007 file photo. REUTERS/United Nations/Handout

Nyan Win of the National League for Democracy (NLD) said a doctor had been allowed to see the Nobel laureate for four hours on Monday at her Yangon home, where she is under house arrest.

“Daw Suu has recovered and improved, but she was suffering muscle cramps,” Nyan Win said after speaking with Suu Kyi’s assistant doctor, Pyone Mo Ei.

“She thinks she needs time to find out the exact cause of the cramps,” he said.

Daw is the Burmese honorific used for Suu Kyi, 63, who has spent more than 13 of the past 19 years under some form of detention. Her latest incarceration began in May 2003.

The United States and rights groups have demanded that Suu Kyi be allowed to see her main doctor, Tin Myo Win, who was detained for questioning last week.

Pyone Mo Ei was allowed to send him some food and medicine through a police official on Monday, Nyan Win said.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly also urged the regime to allow Suu Kyi to meet with her personal lawyer, who recently lost an appeal against her latest detention order, which is due to expire on May 27.

“As the anniversary of her detention approaches, we are reminded that the house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi is unjust,” Kelly said, also calling for the release of the more than 2,100 political prisoners held by the regime.

U.N. legal experts have said the 63-year-old Suu Kyi’s confinement is illegal under Myanmar law, which allows for a detention of five consecutive years before the accused must be freed or put on trial.

Analysts say it is unlikely the military, which has ruled the former Burma for more than four decades and rejected the NLD’s 1990 election victory, would release her any time soon.

The generals have vowed to press ahead with a seven-step “roadmap to democracy”, which is expected to culminate in multi-party elections in 2010.

The NLD and Western governments dismiss the “roadmap” and last year’s army-drafted constitution as a cover for the generals to cement their grip on power.

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