Yangon, Myanmar (AHN) – Just two days after the military rulers released pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest after 15 years, the Nobel peace prize winner said that she is seeking peaceful revolution in Myanmar.
In an interview with BBC at the National League for Democracy’s headquarters, she expressed confidence that she could bring democracy to Myanmar eventually some time in future.
Suu Kyi also said that she would offer peace talks with the ruling generals. The security officials carefully monitored the interview but did not intervene as Suu Kyi apparently called the military junta to change for the country’s improvement.
“I don’t want to see the military falling. I want to see the military rising to dignified heights of professionalism and true patriotism. I think it’s quite obvious what the people want; the people just want better lives based on security and on freedom,” the pro-democracy leader added.
“I think we also have to try to make this thing happen… Velvet revolution sounds a little strange in the context of the military, but a non-violent revolution. Let’s put it that way,” the 65-year-old said.
She added that the military government had not freed her on any restrictions but said she was ready to take consequences if the junta would decide to lock her up again.
Her release came less than a week after Mynamar’s first election in 20 years in which the country’s biggest military-backed party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party, claimed overwhelming victory – a win vehemently denounced by the West as sham as it was neither free nor fair.
Responding at her release, a senior American diplomat, Charge d’Affaires Larry Dinger, said that the United States would not interfere on how Myanmar wants to find democracy, adding that Washington will only encourage all parties to work through the issues.
British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the junta’s decision to release Suu Kyi. Speaking at the parliament’s Lower House of Commons, he said that Suu Kyi’s tenacity and courage against injustice had impressed him.
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, meanwhile, said that his country was ready to ease sanctions for “reliable” friends if she managed to find a breakthrough on domestic front with the generals, which presently run the country.
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