President Mohamed Nasheed has reiterated his call for the release of Burma’s Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

In a letter sent to the President of Burma General Than Shwe on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, the President welcomed Burma’s Supreme Court's indication that it might allow Aung San Suu Kyi to appeal against the extension of her detention.

President Nasheed said, he hoped this move by the Burma’s Supreme Court “will be a first move towards her release.”

Noting the recent contacts between the government of Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi, and its talks with the United States, the President said these talks will “provide an excellent platform for beginning a serious policy of national reconciliation, political participation and democratic reform.”

In his letter, the President stated that it was his belief that if all parties involved were able to seize this opportunity, “it is eminently possible for the country to complete its ambitious democratic reform programme and to hold free, fair and credible elections next year as planned.”