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Posted : 2013-01-21 17:02
Updated : 2013-01-21 17:02

Park to meet Aung San Suu Kyi

By Jun Ji-hye

Aung San Suu Kyi
President-elect Park Geun-hye is planning to meet Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi next Tuesday, an official said Monday.

At the briefing, Park Sun-kyoo, Park's spokesman, said Park and Suu Kyi will confirm the importance of the Asian region amid the rapid changing international order.

"Suu Kyi is expected to call for Park's advice on democratization, industrialization and globalization as Korea experienced those first," he said.

Insiders say the two will have a lot to talk about, not the least because of the commonalities they share, such as being female leaders in Asia and daughters of former political leaders.



"The two will also discuss the role of female leaders," the spokesman added.

Suu Kyi is arriving here on Jan. 28 to attend the Pyeongchang Special Olympics Winter Games that opens on Jan. 29 and closes on Feb. 5.

During her five-day visit, Suu Kyi, secretary general of the National League for Democracy of Myanmar, will participate in the opening ceremony of the Olympics, as well as giving a keynote address at a global development summit on Jan. 30.

Na Kyung-won, chairwoman of the Special Olympics organizing committee, said during an interview, "Suu Kyi, who symbolizes human rights and democracy, will be present at the summit on the human rights and policy issues regarding those with intellectual disabilities."

The daughter of late General Aung San, a hero of the nation's independence movement, will be awarded an honorary doctorate in pedagogy from Seoul National University.

She is also planning to visit the May 18th National Cemetery honoring those killed in the 1980 Gwangju democracy uprising. In return, Gwangju will give her a certification of an honorary citizen.

Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 in recognition of devoting herself to Myanmar's democratization under the oppression of the military regime.


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