Aung San Suu Kyi released.

Yesterday the Burmese military authorities have released the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, from house arrest.

Appearing outside her home in Rangoon, Ms Suu Kyi told thousands of jubilant supporters they had to "work in unison" to achieve their goals.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years. It is not yet clear if any conditions have been placed on her release.

I am delighted with this news as I was beginning to wonder if it would every happen. I have long been an admirer of this courageous dignified lady and I hope this is a step towards the generals relaxing their ruthless grip on the Burmese people. On a personal note my Uncle worked in Rangoon until 1939 and he married a Burmese lady who I remember well.

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