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Suu Kyi Calls On Investors To Support Democratization In Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi waits before she delivers a speech during the last day of the 101st session of the International Labor Conference of the ILO in Geneva on June 14.
Aung San Suu Kyi waits before she delivers a speech during the last day of the 101st session of the International Labor Conference of the ILO in Geneva on June 14.
In a speech on her first trip to Europe in more than 20 years, Nobel Prize-winning pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has called on foreign investors to support the democratization process in Myanmar.

Speaking at the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Suu Kyi said Myanmar needs “democracy-friendly development" as it emerges from decades of military rule.

The highlight of Suu Kyi's two-week European tour is expected to be her speech in Oslo to formally accept the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.

PHOTO GALLERY: Aung San Suu Kyi Through The Years
  • Suu Kyi at her residence in Yangon on February 9, 1989.
  • U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Madeleine Albright presents a poster of the Fourth Women Conference during her meeting with Suu Kyi at her residence in Yangon on September 9, 1995.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi, followed by Lieutenant Colonel Than Tun from the Myanmarese government, lays a bouquet of flowers at the tomb of her assassinated father, Burmese liberation hero Aung San, on Martyr's Day in Yangon in 1995.
  • Suu Kyi addresses a gathering of supporters at her residential compound in Yangon on January 4, 1997, to mark the 49th anniversary of the country's independence movement.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi at an impromptu press conference in Yangon on February 25, 1999.
  • A 2002 photograph of Suu Kyi in her garden in Mandalay, Myanmar.
  • Suu Kyi's image is displayed on the European Parliament building in Brussels on June 18, 2009.
  • Suu Kyi talking with U.S. envoy for East Asia Kurt Campbell (right) at a state guesthouse in Yangon on May 10, 2010.
  • The pro-democracy activist talks to her party's youth members during a journalism workshop in Yangon in May 2011.
  • Suu Kyi pays respects to her father, the late General Aung San, and eight other leaders during an official ceremony marking the 64th anniversary of Martyrs Day on July 19, 2011.
  • Suu Kyi greets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton following a meeting at Suu Kyi's residence in Yangon on December 2, 2011.
  • Addressing foreign and local journalists during a press conference held at Suu Kyi's residence in Yangon on March 30, 2012.  
  • Suu Kyi greets a crowd of supporters at her National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on April 2, 2012.
  • Suu Kyi reads her parliamentary oath in the lower house of parliament on May 2, 2012.
  • Suu Kyi visits migrant workers from Myanmar, in Thailand's Samut Sakhon Province, on May 30, 2012.
  • Suu Kyi at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Bangkok on June 1, 2012.

Suu Kyi' 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 won a seat in Myanmar's parliament two months ago.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and dpa
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