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“I am not happy at all, as none of my 14 so-called political prisoner friends from Myitkyina Prison are among those freed today,” he told the Associated Press by phone as he waited to board a plane to Yangon.

The sister of famous former student leader Min Ko Naing said she was told he was not on the list of those to be freed.

“We are used to these ups and downs,” Kyi Kyi Nyunt said.

Min Ko Naing has been serving a 65-year sentence at a prison in Shan state in northeastern Myanmar since 2008 for staging a street protest against a massive fuel price hike. He was arrested in August 2007 along with other well-known former students who previously were jailed after being at the forefront of a failed pro-democracy uprising in 1988.

At least one of his “‘88 Generation” comrades, Ko Htay Kywe, also was not being released, according to his brother-in-law, Phyo Min Thein.

The United States, which has been seeking ways to re-engage with Myanmar, has said it wants all political detainees released. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday that the U.S. would be keeping a close eye on who is released under the amnesty.

Washington long has isolated Myanmar with political and economic sanctions because of the former junta’s failure to hand power to a democratically elected government and its poor human rights record.

Associated Press writer Matthew Pennington in Washington contributed to this report.