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Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi Starts Tour of Europe

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi makes her way through the Yangon International Airport as she leaves for her trip to Europe June 13, 2012.Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi makes her way through the Yangon International Airport as she leaves for her trip to Europe June 13, 2012.
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Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi makes her way through the Yangon International Airport as she leaves for her trip to Europe June 13, 2012.
Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi makes her way through the Yangon International Airport as she leaves for her trip to Europe June 13, 2012.
VOA News
Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in Switzerland at the start of a historic European tour, which will see her accept the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to her more than two decades ago.
 
Aung San Suu Kyi arrived at the Geneva airport Wednesday from Munich (Germany).  Switzerland is the first stop on a more than two-week tour which will also take her to Norway, Britain, France and Ireland.
 
She is expected to address the International Labour Organization conference in Geneva on Thursday before travelling to Swiss capital Bern to meet President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf and Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter.
 
On Friday, she will visit the Swiss parliament before heading for Oslo where she is due to deliver a speech for her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize. 
 
Later in the trip, Aung San Suu Kyi will address Britain's parliament and receive an Amnesty International human rights award in Dublin from rock star Bono.
 
Aung San Suu Kyi won a parliamentary seat in April elections.
 
Political changes that have swept Burma since last year after half a century of military rule in there ended last year.  A new nominally civilian government took over in March of last year after being elected in November of 2010.
 
Aung San Suu Kyi visits Europe for the first time in 24 years.  She spent more than 14 years in various form of detention in her country before she was released in late 2010.
 

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by: U Ngwe Win from: Yangon
June 14, 2012 1:00 AM
Congratulations Daw Suu,go to the top of the world and show who we are! Regain the lost glories and pride of our people." The Lady" is not in waiting,she is not in shadows,she is real!!! What a dignified,elegant woman in her beautiful national costume walking to the podium at the WEF in Bangkok!Suddenly Daw Suu became a fashion diva in Burma and an iconic picture at homes of all Burmese people.Let us support her all the way to victory in 2015 and beyond.

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