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Suu Kyi optimistic about reform

Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 02:13

Nov. 30 - Aung San Suu Kyi says she's encouraged by recent reforms in Myanmar and excited that her country is moving closer to returning to the world stage. Deborah Gembara reports.

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In a rare video conference call from her home in Myanmar, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says her country is ready for change after years of military rule. She says she plans to run in the upcoming elections for parliament. Her party, the National League for Democracy boycotted the parliamentary elections last year. SOUNDBITE: Myanmar Pro-Democracy Leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying: "I know that the majority of the people are very pleased that the NLB (National League for Democracy) has decided to re-register simply because that now they feel they have a party for whom they can vote. It's that simple, it's all that. But still, it's very good they have this eagerness to support us." Suu Kyi says she thinks Hillary Clinton's visit to the country is positive sign. The trip marks the first time a U.S. foreign secretary has visited the reclusive country n more than 50 years. Clinton is expected to press the country's new leaders to deliver on reforms. There have been encouraging signs such as expanded freedom for the media and the release of political prisoners Asked about the 15 years she spent under house as a political prisoner, Suy Kyi had this to say: SOUNDBITE: Myanmar Pro-Democracy Leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying: "When I started out in politics in this movement for democracy, I always started out with the idea that this should be a process that would bring greater happiness, greater harmony and greater peace to our nation. And, this cannot be done if you are going to be bound by anger and by desire for revenge so I have never thought that the way to go forward was through anger and bitterness." Suu Kyi is excited about the possibility of Myanmar's return to the world stage, she says the international community needs to keep a close eye on events in Myanmar. Deborah Gembara, Reuters.

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Suu Kyi optimistic about reform

Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 02:13