Suu Kyi wraps up Eastern European tour

MYANMAR - Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD), arrived back in Myanmar yesterday evening after visiting Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic starting from September 10.

She was warmly welcomed by hundreds of her supporters at Yangon International Airport.

"Mother Su [Suu Kyi] is one of those who have changed our country. Thanks to her, Myanmar is known by the whole world. We welcome her like our own mother. We are very pleased, although she doesn't know us," said a 25-year-old supporter who lives in Tamwe Township. This was Suu Kyi's second European tour since being released from house arrest after the November 2010 elections.

During the trip, Myanmar's opposition leader met with presidents, prime ministers, house speakers, and Nobel laureates. The discussions focused on her South East Asian country's political reforms.

Suu Kyi had to walk through the rain, after protesters blocked traffic, to visit the Polish Parliament and faced crowds of protesters in front of the parliament in Warsaw. While speaking to reporters after reaching the building, she said it was very interesting to see democracy in action.

Myanmar's democracy icon delivered speeches at Warsaw University on the topic "Education and Politics" and, in Hungary, at Corvinus University on the topic "From Revolution to Reconstruction."

On September 15, she gave the opening speech at the 17th annual Forum 2000 Conference held in the Czech Republic. There she described the current period as one of the most important for Myanmar's transition to democracy, so making the right decisions is crucial to facing the challenges.

Moreover, Suu Kyi offered praise to late former Czech president Vaclav Havel during her visit to the Vaclav Havel mausoleum.

During the forum, she met separately with Nobel Laureate and Tibet leader-in-exile, the Dalai Lama.

While meeting with reporters at the forum's closing ceremony, Myanmar's Nobel laureate called on the Czech Republic to support her and Myanmar's reforms.