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Myanmar icon Suu Kyi lands in Ireland with U2's Bono

  • 18 Jun 2012
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DUBLIN (AFP)
Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (R) and Irish singer Bono (L) arrive at Dublin airport

She was unable to accept it at the time, as she was under house arrest and feared that the regime would bar her from returning to her country.

After visiting Ireland, Suu Kyi's 17-day European tour takes her to Britain on Tuesday.

She will celebrate her birthday in the southern English town of Oxford, where she studied at the prestigious university and lived for several years with her late English husband, Michael Aris.

Oxford University, where she studied politics, philosophy and economics and met Tibet expert Aris, will award her with an honorary degree on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Suu Kyi is to address both houses of parliament in London in a rare honour for a foreign dignitary, as well as meet Prime Minister David Cameron and heir to the throne Prince Charles.

Suu Kyi's tour, which also takes in Switzerland and France, is her first trip to Europe for 24 years.

It has been clouded by continued violence in western Myanmar where dozens of people have been killed and more than 30,000 people displaced by clashes between Buddhist Rakhines and stateless Muslim Rohingya.

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