Johannesburg: Recent violence in Myanmar shows
how difficult it will be to achieve unity and democracy in the southeast Asian country, democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi
Suu Kyi used a video link to take questions from a small
group at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, where her longtime supporters include fellow Nobel peace laureates Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.
"I think we should all be concerned about hostilities
breaking out all over the country," she said, saying such
violence underlines the challenge of bringing Myanmar`s ethnic
But "we do intend to get to the position where we are a
true union of hearts and minds," she said.
Suu Kyi has made a few such virtual appearances to
audiences in Hong Kong and the United States since Myanmar`s
military leaders freed her from house arrest almost a year
ago. She has not been expressly banned from foreign travel.
But Sein Win, an overseas opposition leader and Suu Kyi`s
cousin, said she might not be allowed to return if she does
Sein Win, who was in South Africa to accept an honorary
degree from the University of Johannesburg on Suu Kyi`s behalf
tomorrow, said concern about what might happen if she were to
leave shows how uncertain the situation is in his homeland. He
said he would not return until democracy and rule of law are
guaranteed in Myanmar.
Suu Kyi said she was inspired by South Africa`s defeat of