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Burma's NLD Vows Legal Appeal of Aung San Suu Kyi Detention

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The political party of Burma's pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi says it plans to appeal the recent extension of her house arrest.

National League for Democracy officials say they will file a legal appeal within days directly to General Soe Win, Burma's Prime Minister.

The military government announced a one-year extension of Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest on Saturday, the day her previous term had been due to expire.

Her party says the extension has no legal basis and hurts efforts for national reconciliation.

Foreign nations have expressed disappointment over her continuing detention, including Burma's neighbors Malaysia and Thailand. The United States condemned the decision, calling it another sign of the Burmese military regime's brutal repression.

Aung San Suu Kyi -- a Nobel Peace Prize Winner -- has been in detention for 10 of the past 16 years.

She was most recently taken into custody in May 2003, after her motorcade was attacked by a pro-junta mob as she was making a political tour of northern Burma.

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