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Nobel winner Aung San Suu Kyi in Warsaw

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John Beauchamp 12.09.2013 11:35
Nobel Peace Prizewinner Aung San Suu Kyi, is paying a visit to Warsaw, on the first leg of her five-day Central European tour.

Aung San Suu Kyi with parliamentary speaker Ewa Kopacz in Warsaw, 11.09.2013. Photo: PAP/Grzegorz Jakubowski

The head of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy is to discuss the challenges and achievements of the democratic transition in Poland after 1989 and to share her experiences linked with the ongoing transformation in her country.

“Myanmar’s road to democracy has only just begun,” said the democratic opposition leader following her meeting with Ewa Kopacz, speaker of the Lower House of Parliament on Wednesday.

“Shifting from authoritarian rule to democracy does not only require political moves, but also entails changes in the culture and mentality of a society,” said Suu Kyi, adding that “democracy is a matter of working out a negotiated compromise. Democracy recognizes that we all don’t feel the same, we have different objectives, we have different views, but we have to learn to reconcile all these differences.”

Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Poland includes meetings with top officials, among them Prime Minister Donald Tusk and President Bronislaw Komorowski, alongside representatives of non-governmental organisations and students.

The Nobel Peace Prizewinner is to hold talks, Thursday, with Solidarity icon and fellow Nobel laureate Lech Walesa, followed by a lecture delivered at the University of Warsaw, where she will offer her take on the democratic transformation in Myanmar.

She will then continue her foreign trip to Budapest and Prague. This week’s visit marks a second trip of the Burmese activist to Europe since November 2010, when she was released from house arrest imposed by the junta.

Aung San Suu Kyi received her Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, while she was under house arrest ruled by the then junta, where she had in total spent 15 years of her life. (aba/jb)

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