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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

First trip since 1988: Suu Kyi in Thailand


Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi has been started on her first trip abroad in 24 years. Today, the opposition leader landed in Thailand's capital Bangkok, where she will speak on Friday at the World Economic Forum (WEF) East Asia. Burma's president, Thein Sein, had canceled his attendance at the meeting - shortly after the invitation to Suu Kyi. The 66-year-old wants first visit Myanmar migrant workers in the province of Samut Sokhon. At the two million Burman will work under miserable conditions in Thailand part. On Saturday, she has announced in refugee camps in Thai-Myanmar border area. There, above all living members of the Karen ethnic minority who are fighting for decades for a partial autonomy. For Suu Kyi, it is the first trip abroad since 1988. In mid-June she will travel to, inter alia, Geneva, Oslo and London. The opposition politician was freed in 2010 after 15 years of house arrest and now has a seat on the Burmese Parliament won.

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