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Burma’s leading lady to travel abroad


Aisling Marks
WVoN co-editor

Burmese pro-democracy activist, Aung San Suu Kyi, will leave Burma to travel abroad in June for the first time in 24 years, according to reports.

A spokesperson for the party said she intended to include the UK in her trip, according to the BBC.

Suu Kyi met David Cameron in Rangoon on 13 April, when the British Prime Minister extended an invitation to visit the UK.

The newly elected MP for the National League for Democracy (NLD) and Nobel laureate also has plans to visit Norway.

Nyan Win, the Chief Minister of Bago Region, told The Guardian, ‘This is the first time the NLD has had this opportunity,’ he said. ‘We are more free now.’

Although born in Burma, Suu Kyi left the country with her mother in the 1960s. After years of living and studying abroad, she returned in 1988 at first to look after her ageing mother, but later to lead the pro-democracy movement in the country.

She subsequently spent almost 15 years under house arrest and was only released in November 2010.

Her journey abroad marks a huge step forward for Burmese international relations, which is likely to result in the lifting of sanctions.

These have isolated Burma from the rest of the world for years and are likely to be prioritised by the European Union in a meeting on 23 April.

The country is even fast becoming a hot-spot tourist destination, according to Wanderlust.

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