Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was able to endure her long years of house arrest with the help of the dulcet tones of a British disc jockey known as the Hairy Cornflake. Photo: AP
Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was able to endure her long years of house arrest with the help of the dulcet tones of a British disc jockey known as the Hairy Cornflake. Photo: AP

SA ambassador meets Suu Kyi

Time of article published Dec 7, 2010

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South Africa's ambassador to Thailand, Douglas Gibson, has met with Myanmar's Leader of the National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi, the department of international relations and co-operations said on Tuesday.

The meeting on Monday came after the 65-year-old's recent release from fifteen-years of house arrest, said departmental spokesman Clayson Monyela.

“During the meeting, Aung San Suu Kyi hailed South Africa's great moral authority as an inspiration to those striving for democracy and expressed hope that people would take a leaf from South Africa.”

Monyela said that Gibson reiterated a commitment by the South African government to offer its experience on the path to reconciliation and transition to democracy with the people of Myanmar.

The largely Buddhist South East Asian country has been under military rule since 1962. In 1990, military rulers refused to hand over power when Suu Kyi's party won the elections with a landslide victory. - Sapa

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