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Suu Kyi Sets Out On First European Trip In 24 Years

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi is embarking on her first visit to Europe since 1988.

The highlight of Suu Kyi's two-week tour will be her long-awaited acceptance speech in Oslo for the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.

Her visit highlights the changes that have taken place in the country formerly known as Burma since decades of outright military rule ended last year.

For 24 years, the opposition leader was either under house arrest or too fearful that if she left Myanmar, the former military regime would not let her return.

She stayed put even as her British husband was dying of cancer in England in 1999.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP