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Webb Secures Yettaw's Release

by: cycle12

Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 08:59:04 AM EDT


( - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

Read all about U. S. Senator Jim Webb's success at achieving the release of American John Yettaw in this news release just received from Webb's Communications Director, Jessica Smith:


"Sunday, August 16-U.S. Senator Jim Webb has finished up a two-day visit to Myanmar by obtaining the release of American prisoner John Yettaw and meeting with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.  Webb, who on Saturday became the first American leader ever to meet with Myanmar President Than Shwe, raised both issues during his meeting.  He also requested that the country's leadership release Suu Kyi from her eighteen month sentence of house arrest following her recent conviction for violating the terms of her house arrest."

More below the fold...
cycle12 :: Webb Secures Yettaw's Release

Here are more quotes:


"'I am grateful to the Myanmar government for honoring these requests,'" noted Webb.  "'It is my hope that we can take advantage of these gestures as a way to begin laying a foundation of goodwill and confidence-building in the future.'"




"Webb met with Suu Kyi for nearly an hour on Saturday afternoon.  He described the meeting as "'an opportunity for me to convey my deep respect to Aung San Suu Kyi for the sacrifices she has made on behalf of democracy around the world.'"


"Yettaw will be officially deported from Myanmar on Sunday morning.  Senator Webb will bring him out of the country on a military aircraft that is returning to Bangkok on Sunday afternoon."


Here's more on Sen. Webb's trip.
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Breaking news coverage of Webb's Myanmar success
One of several articles is available at this link:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200...

Steve


Thanks, Kathy!
Excellent work, and I (literally) couldn't have done it without you...

Thanks again!

Steve


My first thought
when I read the release was: "our own Webb is as good as the Big Dog, when it comes to winkling Americans out of authoritarian regimes" :)

NYT has had a "front page" (on line) article on it all afternoon and evening.


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