25 Jun '11, 7am

Suu Kyi addresses US Congress

Suu Kyi addresses US Congress

WASHINGTON: Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi this week addressed the US Congress for the first time by video. The Nobel Peace Prize winner used the occasion to ask US lawmakers to support efforts to encourage what she called "the real road to democracy". Her address was part of a hearing discussing whether Myanmar's recent elections have improved political freedom in the country. In 2008 Suu Kyi received the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal. And now, her pre-recorded video message to a House of Representative sub-committee is the first time she has officially addressed the US Congress. Representative Don Manzullo, chairman of Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, said: "I cannot disclose how we received this video and I would instruct the press not to ask me that question if they are so inclined." Suu Kyi wants lawmakers to help support and implement a U...

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