Aung San Suu Kyi begins historic European tour

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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in Geneva on her first trip to Europe in nearly a quarter of a century.

The hugely popular Nobel Peace laureate is to visit five countries including Britain and will give an address to the United Nations on the subject of slave labour.

The visit is being seen as another milestone for Myanmar’s political progress.

Aung San Suu Kyi spoke to reporters on her arrival in Switzerland: “I think the international community is trying very hard to bring my country into it and it’s up to our country to respond the right way as well.”

Suu Kyi spent nearly 24 years under house arrest as a political prisoner. But was freed in 2010 as part of the country’s recent reform process. She won a parliamentary seat last April in the country’s first elections in 20 years.