Suu Kyi to make first foreign trip since 1988 to Thailand

May 24, 2012
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YANGON, Burma – Burma pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will travel abroad next week for the first time since 1988 to attend the World Economic Forum in Bangkok, her party said Thursday (May 24th), according to multiple media reports.

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    The gathering of senior government officials and business leaders from around the region is scheduled from May 30th to June 1st.

    Nyan Win, spokesman for the National League for Democracy (NLD), said Suu Kyi would arrive in Bangkok on May 28th but was unable to give more details about her planned activities.

    According to The Irrawaddy, Suu Kyi will meet with former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva during her stay in Thailand. She has also expressed a desire to visit a Burmese refugee camp on the border.

    Burma's President Thein Sein, who is credited with a string of political reforms since taking office last year, will also attend the Bangkok forum, according to a government official.

    The announcement came as several NLD members were detained in Pyay town north of Rangoon for questioning over Burma's first major protests in years, AFP reported.

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