Aung San Suu Kyi visits Northern Ireland

Thursday 24 October 2013 17.48
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Aung San Suu Kyi was greeted at Stormont by Speaker of the Assembly William Hay
Aung San Suu Kyi was greeted at Stormont by Speaker of the Assembly William Hay
Ms Suu Kyi met David Cameron in Downing Street yesterday
Ms Suu Kyi met David Cameron in Downing Street yesterday

Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was briefed on Northern Ireland's peace process during a visit this morning.

She met junior ministers Jonathan Bell and Jennifer McCann at the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers, who are both in the US on a trade mission.

On her arrival in Belfast, Ms Suu Kyi met Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers and also met members of the local political parties at Stormont.

Ms Suu Kyi met the Prince of Wales on a visit to Britain yesterday and her tour also included talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague. 

The opposition leader in Burma, officially known as Myanmar, read philosophy, politics and economics at St Hugh's College, Oxford, between 1964 and 1967.

She later settled in the university city with her late husband Michael Aris, a Tibetan scholar.

In July 1989 Ms Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest by the ruling military after her return to Burma to care for her mother.

She remained there for much of the next 20 years, finally being released in November 2010.

Her husband died of prostate cancer in 1999 at the age of 53.

He had asked the Burmese authorities to grant him a visa to visit her one last time, but was refused.