Myanmar's Suu Kyi plans trip to US in September

July 18, 2012 • World News

Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi communicates on a cell phone at Union Parliament in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Suu Kyi said she’ll travel to the United States in September to accept an award from an American think-tank. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she will accept an award in the United States in September, setting up a new round of international accolades for the Nobel Peace laureate and former political prisoner who was unable to leave her home country for more than two decades.

Suu Kyi was greeted enthusiastically by world leaders and human rights activists during her recent trips to Thailand and Europe, and the U.S. trip announced Tuesday likely will garner the same level of attention as she re-emerges on the world stage.

Also Tuesday, Suu Kyi received a poignant reminder of a meeting that can never be: a dried yellow rose presented on behalf of Czech President Vaclav Havel, who died last year. The tenacious fighter for democracy had communicated with Suu Kyi, inspired her and longed to meet her.

The Atlantic Council think tank said Suu Kyi will be presented its Global Citizen Award recognizing “visionary global leaders” on Sept. 21 in New York.

Suu Kyi confirmed her trip to The Associated Login to read more

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