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Suu Kyi Hopeful On Myanmar Democracy

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (right) with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton following a meeting at Suu Kyi's residence in Yangon on December 2, 2011.
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has welcomed fresh U.S. engagement with her country, in the hope that it will promote democracy in a nation that has been ruled by the military for decades.

Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who spent years under house arrest until her release one year ago, spoke after holding a second day of talks today in the Myanmar city of Yangon with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Suu Kyi praised Clinton's visit as a "historical moment," and said she is hopeful that further engagement with the U.S. will put Myanmar on a path toward democratization.

Myanmar's military regime annulled the 1990 elections that Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party had won.

Suu Kyi has said she plans to run in planned upcoming elections, amid indications that a recently elected new government will pursue reforms.

Clinton's trip is the first to Myanmar by the top U.S. diplomat in 56 years.

The southeast Asian country has been under U.S. sanctions for more than two decades because of its poor human rights record and failure to implement democratic reforms.

compiled from agency reports

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