Clinton's visit to Myanmar opposition leader seen as sign of reforms

Myanmar’s pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton embrace while speaking to the media in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday.

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Myanmar’s pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton embrace while speaking to the media in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday.

Washington Post

YANGON, Myanmar — Hillary Rodham Clinton visited the home of Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday for a meeting that was both personal and formal as two of the world's most famous female political figures discussed the sudden signs of reform in Myanmar.

The meeting between the U.S. secretary of state and the leader of Myanmar's long-persecuted democracy movement — unthinkable just three months ago — was yet another sign of the incredible change afoot in Myanmar.

"If we go forward together, I'm confident there will be no turning back from the road to democracy," Suu Kyi told reporters afterward in a news conference, a rare occurrence for the Nobel Peace laureate who has spent much of the past two decades under house arrest ordered by Myanmar's military-controlled government. "We are not on that road yet, but we hope to get there as soon as possible with our friends."

Both Clinton and Suu Kyi said more progress needed to be made by Myanmar's President Thein Sein and his government for true reform to take hold. And Suu Kyi emphasized the need for rule of law, calling on the government not only to release all remaining political prisoners but also to change its policies to prevent human rights violations in the future.

Clinton's visit to Myanmar opposition leader seen as sign of reforms 12/02/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 2, 2011 10:47pm]

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