Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said on the release of Aung San Suu Kyi today:
“The release of Aung San Suu Kyi after so many years is an important milestone for the people of Burma as they seek to end the repression under which they have lived for so long.
“However, we must see this as only one step in a long journey for Burma. Governments must continue to keep pressure on the military regime to release the more than 2200 political prisoners that they still hold.
“People will rightly celebrate this fantastic news, but the world must make sure that this is the first step towards a free and democratic Burma.”
Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, said:
“For Aung San Suu Kyi to be able to speak as a free woman for the first time in eight years is fantastic news.
“Aung San Suu Kyi is the symbol of the hope of Burma’s people which has survived against the odds under a brutal and corrupt military regime.
“This is a significant step, but I hope only the first step. The world must keep up the campaign to support Aung San Suu Kyi and for the release of thousands of other political prisoners in a journey towards a free and democratic Burma.”