Suu Kyi Leaves Myanmar for the First Time in 24 Years
Transcript by www.newsy.com BY NIELS SCHACK NORGAARD ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN For the first time in 24 years, Aung San Suu Kyi (Ang Sang Suu Shi) is leaving Myanmar. The Nobel Peace Prize winner has announced she will travel to Norway and England. Jonah Fisher, the BBC's correspondent in Bangkok, says Suu Kyi's decision to travel is a milestone in modern Burmese history. "This is a hugely symbolic moment for Burma, a sign of the growing confidence Aung San Suu Kyi has in the reform process and the confidence she has in the military backed government that she's now dealing with on a regular basis." Earlier this month, Suu Kyi met with English Prime Minister David Cameron, who invited her to England. The Guardian writes it's 'unprecedented change in Burma' that is causing Suu Kyi to finally leave the country whose former military government kept her under house arrest for 15 years. "[The change] began when a nominally civilian government took power in 2010 and Thein Sein (Thane Sane), the president, ushered in a series of reforms. Among these was greater freedom of the press, ceasefires with ethnic rebels and the release of political prisoners." But why is she travelling to Norway? Well, her ties with the Scandinavian country started when the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded her the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. Kjell Magne Bondevik from Oslo's Association for Peace and Human Rights tells Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang "She has previously said Norway is the country she <b>...</b>
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