GENEVA / AUNG SAN SUU KYI

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Highlighting the recent changes in Myanmar, Nobel laureate and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi today invited international aid and investment to help build a better future for the South-east Asian nation, as she addressed a United Nations labour forum in Geneva. ILO

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STORY: GENEVA / AUNG SAN SUU KYI
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DATELINE: 13, 14 JUNE 2012, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND


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13 JUNE 2012, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, plane arriving on tarmac
2. Various shots, Myanmar (Burma) pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi walking out of plane greeting officials

14 JUNE 2012, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

3. Various shots, Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at the ILO
4. Wide shot, ILO conference
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Aung San Suu Kyi, pro-democracy leader and member of Parliament, Myanmar:
“What I would like to see for our country is democracy-friendly development growth. I would like to call for aid that would strengthen the democratization process by prompting social and economic progress that is beneficial to political reform.”
6. Various shots, Aung San Suu Kyi with ILO chief Juan Somavia


STORYLINE:

Nobel laureate and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived on Wednesday in Geneva -- her first visit to Europe in 24 years.

Today (14 June), the former political prisoner addressed the 101st International Labour Conference (ILO). Highlighting the recent changes in Myanmar, she invited international aid and investment to help build a better future for the South-east Asian nation, as she addressed a United Nations labour forum in Geneva.

“What I would like to see for our country is democracy-friendly development growth. I would like to call for aid that would strengthen the democratization process by prompting social and economic progress that is beneficial to political reform,” she said.
Ms. Suu Kyi also pointed to what she called the years-long association she and the National League for Democracy have had with the ILO.

On Wednesday, the Conference lifted its restrictions – in place since 1999 due to concerns over the use of forced labour – on the full participation of Myanmar in its activities, and decided to review the progress on the elimination of forced labour in the country next year.

The Government of Myanmar and the ILO have agreed to a joint strategy for eliminating forced labour in the country. The Government acknowledges the need for immediate action on this strategy with a view of implementing it before the target date of 2015.
Following her visit to Geneva, Ms. Suu Kyi will travel to Norway, United Kingdom, Ireland and France.

Ms. Suu Kyi – who was released from nearly two decades of house arrest in November 2010 – stated that her party, the National League for Democracy, has repeatedly emphasized the need for rule of law and an end to ethnic conflict in Myanmar.
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