Taken Question
Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
May 13, 2009

Question: Can you confirm the American who was detained for entering Aung San Suu Kyi’s ASSK’s residence has met with the consular chief in Rangoon?

Answer: On May 13, the Burmese authorities granted consular access to John Yettaw, the detained American who had gained access to the residence of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Mr. Yettaw has not been charged, nor have the Burmese authorities provided information on the next steps in this case.

The Embassy has stressed to Burmese authorities the U.S. Government’s strong interest in Mr. Yettaw’s case and our concerns for his health, welfare and fair treatment. The Embassy also has requested ongoing consular access to Mr. Yettaw.

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PRN: 2009/455