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After Illness, Aung San Suu Kyi Resumes European Tour

Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is welcomed by supporters outside the Swiss Parliament building in Bern June 15, 2012.
Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is welcomed by supporters outside the Swiss Parliament building in Bern June 15, 2012.
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Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi got a celebrity's welcome Friday when she visited a session of the Swiss parliament. The Nobel laureate is continuing her trip through Europe despite a brief illness.

Supporters of the rights group Amnesty International waited outside the Swiss parliament building in Bern to greet her with cheers and banners praising her human rights work.

Inside parliament, lawmakers stood to applaud when she entered the chamber. She stayed to observe the day's debate.

  • Burmese citizens residing in South Korea greet Aung San Suu Kyi upon her arrival at a hotel in central Seoul, January 28, 2013.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama waves to the media as he embraces Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after they spoke to the media at her residence in Rangoon, November 19, 2012.
  • Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, waters a sapling after planting it in Govindapuram village, north of Bangalore, India, November 17, 2012.
  • Burmese opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi pays floral tribute on the birth anniversary of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, at his memorial in New Delhi, India, November 14, 2012.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, September 19, 2012.
  • Burma's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi holds her Congressional Gold Medal after it was presented to her by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (2nd L), at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, September 19, 2012.
  • Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, meets with Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the State Department, Washington, September 18, 2012.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi, center, arrives for the Peace Nobel Prize lecture at the city hall in Oslo, June 16, 2012 to thank the Nobel committee for the prize she won in 1991.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi addresses about 4,000 people gathered outside her house in Rangoon, Burma, June 1, 1996.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi is surrounded by security guards and newsmen as she walks out of her lakeside house in Rangoon, Burma, Juy 14, 1995.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi addresses crowd of supporters in Rangoon, Burma, July 7, 1989.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi addresses crowd of supporters in Rangoon, Burma, July 7, 1989.
  • Swiss Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, left Swiss President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, center, and Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in Bern, Switzerland, June 14, 2012.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi during an election campaign rally in Thongwa village some 50 kms from Rangoon, Burma, February 26, 2012
  • Aung San Suu Kyi is presented with flowers by cheering Karen refugees at Mae La refugee camp in Tha Song Yang district, Tak province, northern Thailand, June 2, 2012.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi, center, and elected lawmakers of her National League for Democracy party take an oath during a regular session of the Lower House at parliament in Naypyitaw, Burma, May 2, 2012.
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron and Aung San Suu Kyi share a light moment during their meeting in the compound of her lakeside home, April 13, 2012, Rangoon, Burma.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at the headquarters of her National League for Democracy party, April 2, 2012, Rangoon, Burma.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to journalists during the press conference in her residence in Rangoon, Burma, March 30, 2012.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton react after speaking to the press at Suu Kyi's residence in Rangoon, Burma, December 2, 2011.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi and her youngest son Kim Aris pay respect to her father, the late Geneneral Aung San, at the Martyr's Mausoleum in Rangoon, Burma, July 12, 2011.

Aung San Suu Kyi's 67th birthday is onTuesday, June 19. She now is in Norway, where she will deliver a long-delayed speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize for 1991. She was barred from traveling to Oslo when the prize was awarded, and she spent most of the past two decades under various forms of detention in Burma.    

Later in her 17-day tour of Europe, Aung San Suu Kyi will address Britain's Parliament and receive an Amnesty International human-rights award in Dublin from rock star Bono.  She will also travel to France.

On Thursday a state dinner in Switzerland was canceled after the Burmese democracy leader became ill at a news conference due to exhaustion from her long flight from Burma to Europe. This is Aung San Suu Kyi's first major trip abroad in 24 years.  She was released from house arrest in late 2010.

Political changes have swept Burma since last year, after half a century of military rule ended.  A new, nominally civilian government took over in March of last year, after being elected in November of 2010. Aung San Suu Kyi won a parliamentary seat this year in April elections.


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by: Anonymous
June 15, 2012 9:39 AM
Young and exciting spirit in an old body.Wish you luck,ma'am.

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