Wednesday, March 3, 1999 Published at 16:21 GMT
Burmese opposition politicans detained
The government says it is being "cautious" to prevent renewed unrest
The leader of the Burmese opposition Aung San Suu Kyi says more than 145 of her party's members have been detained by the government in a series of recent roundups.
Aung San Suu Kyi says that a number of members of the National League for Democracy have been held at so-called government guesthouses where they were persuaded to resign from the party.
The government denies putting pressure on opposition politicians but the statement from Miss Suu Kyi is unlikely to better the already battered image of the Burmese government overseas.
'Stability and prosperity'
The country's newly appointed Foreign Minister Win Aung says it is the government's responsibility to protect Burma's "silent majority" against the excesses of the NLD and the government was merely being "cautious".
He said the universities, closed for much of the past decade, would reopen "as soon as possible".
The foreign minister said they had been closed because the students had been "misused" by political forces "to rally and bring down the government".
He said many outsiders misunderstood the situation in Burma, but he said people are free to go about their normal daily business "protected from the anarchy that could come back very easily."