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Aung San Suu Kyi to Make Overseas Trip

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: April 18, 2012 Last Updated: April 18, 2012
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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is seen in Yangon, Burma, on April 18. She will visit Norway and the United Kingdom later this year. (Soe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is seen in Yangon, Burma, on April 18. She will visit Norway and the United Kingdom later this year. (Soe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s beloved pro-democracy leader, is planning to make her first overseas trip in more than two decades, visiting Norway and the U.K.

A spokesperson for Suu Kyi’s National League of Democracy, Nyan Win, told Irrawaddy magazine that he is not sure of the schedule of the trip. The Guardian reported that she will travel in June.

Suu Kyi, 66, has not left Burma since 1988 after the military crushed a pro-democracy uprising. Following that, she spent roughly 15 of the next 20 years under house arrest. During her brief stints of freedom, she never left country out of fear that she would not be able to return.

The selection of the two countries is full of meaning. Suu Kyi lived in Oxford and attended school there before she returned to Burma in 1988 to care for her dying mother.

Suu Kyi was given the Nobel Peace Prize by the Nobel Committee of Norway, but she was never able to travel there because she was under house arrest.

Last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron invited her to the U.K. when he visited Rangoon.

Early this month, the Suu Kyi and her NLD party took 43 out of 45 seats in the Burmese Parliament in an unprecedented election. Suu Kyi will enter Parliament for the first time next Monday.

The country was ruled by a military junta for decades before it ceded power to a civilian government last year.




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