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Suu Kyi in historic address

Suu Kyi in historic address
Burmese pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi has delivered an historic address to both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall.

Ms Suu Kyi warned the Burmese people are currently at "the moment of our greatest need", but expressed optimism for the future of her country.

She said: “My country today stands at the start of a journey towards, I hope, a better future. So many hills remain to be climbed, chasms to be bridged, obstacles… the support of the people of Britain and the people around the world can get us so much further.”

David Cameron earlier defended inviting Burma President Thein Sein to visit Britain after decades of military rule.

No date had been set for the visit, which would be the first by a Burmese head of state in more than 50 years.

Speaking at a joint press conference with the Ms Suu Kyi, the Prime Minister said it was right to have "some engagement" with the regime in order to encourage reforms.

“There is a process of reform in Burma, and it’s a process that the friends of democratic Burma, like Britain, want to succeed," he said.

“If we want reform to succeed, if we want that path to be travelled, I think we have to recognise that we need the regime to be in favour of that reform and to sustain that reform.

"Some engagement between Britain and the Burmese regime, I think, is one way to deliver that.”

Ms Suu Kyi also praised President Thein's "commitment and sincerity" towards the process of reform in her address.

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