Myanmar’s pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has made a speech at the United Nations in Geneva during her first trip to Europe in more than two decades.
The 66-year-old MP had spent more than 15 years under house arrest during the country’s military rule.
Suu Kyi said that Myanmar – which has returned to parliamentary democracy – was now ready to receive large-scale international investment.
She told delegates at the International Labour Organisation that: “More democratic practices will offer greater protection for the rights of workers and all citizens in general.
“Despite many years of isolation and repression, our people can still boast a social, political and economic awareness that given a sufficient latitude would bring our country in line with positive developments in the rest of the world,” Suu Kyi added.
As part of a 17-day trip to Europe, she is expected to visit Norway to give a long-awaited acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace prize, which she won in 1991 but was unable to collect. She’ll also visit the UK, Ireland and France.