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The Times - United Kingdom | 18/06/2012

Burmese freedom icon visits London

On Tuesday the British government will receive the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is making her first trip to Europe in 24 years. Although the conservative daily The Times sees Suu Kyi's international influence as limited, it honours her efforts towards liberalising Burma: "The symbolic honours heaped upon Ms Suu Kyi are a reminder that during her long years of house arrest, when years passed without any glimpse of her, she was herself essentially a symbol - of peaceful, adamantine resistance and polite but immovable determination. But earlier this year, after months of unexpected liberalisation by Burma's military-dominated Government, she made a crucial decision: to stand for election to the parliament that she had previously denounced as bogus. With this, she stepped down from her marble plinth and into the muddy pit of Burma's emerging democratic politics. ... Ms Suu Kyi will face challenges for which courage and symbolism in themselves will be of limited help."

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