Suu Kyi: Myanmar headed for better future


LONDON (AP) — Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee) of Myanmar has made a historic address in London to a joint session of Parliament. She said her country's people need Britain and other allies to make sure Myanmar's rulers deliver on their promises of reform.

Suu Kyi, who spent 15 years under house arrest or in prison in Myanmar, is making her first overseas trip in 24 years. She's spending a week in Britain, where she once studied.

She told lawmakers that Myanmar -- which she referred to by its British colonial name of Burma -- would need support to fully embrace democracy after 49 years of military rule. She said her country is at the start of a journey toward what she hopes will be "a better future."

Suu Kyi is the only woman other than Queen Elizabeth to deliver a speech to a joint session of Parliament at Westminster Hall.

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APPHOTO LST110: Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron as she arrives for a meeting at 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, June 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) (21 Jun 2012)

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