U.S.: U.N. Welcome Myanmars Release Of American

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"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed a U.S. senators success in winning the release of an American jailed in Myanmar and meeting with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmars military junta freed John Yettaw during Senator Jim Webbs visit to the Southeast Asian nation last week. The American politician also met junta leader Than Shwe on Saturday before visiting Suu Kyi at a guest house. ""The President is pleased that Senator Webb has facilitated the release of American citizen John Yettaw from detention in Burma. He appreciates this decision by the Burmese government,"" The White House said in a statement. Ban ""welcomes his engagement with Myanmars leaders as well as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi toward a peaceful, united, democratic Myanmar,"" U.N. spokeswoman Marie Okabe said in a statement. ""The secretary-general also welcomes the release of Mr. Yettaw on humanitarian grounds."""