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Suu Kyi flies to Bagan on her first trip outside Rangoon

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) - Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi left for the ancient city Bagan, her first trip outside of Rangoon since her release from house arrest.

Suu Kyi arrived in Bagan on an Air Mandalay flight arriving at 8:20 a.m. on Monday morning.
A Buddhist monk in Bagan holds a postcard of Aung San Suu Kyi to show his greetings, as Suu Kyi starts the first day of a four-day tour of the ancient temple site in central Burma. Photo: MizzimaThree of her party are National League for Democracy colleagues Han Thar Myint, Soe Win and Kyaw Soe Naing who accompanied her on the same flight for her security, according to a party officer Win Htein.

Suu Kyi will stay at the Bagan Hotel River View for four days and is scheduled to return to Rangoon this coming Friday, he said.

This is her first trip to a rural area since her release from house arrest in November 2010 amidst worries over her safety.

"Security was normal. The airline also have their own security arrangements so we don't need to do anything special," said Win Htein.

About 20 NLD members from Mandalay division branch are in Bagan to greet Suu Kyi, according to Win Htein.

Suu Kyi's younger son Htein Linn, who is visiting to Burma, left Rangoon for Bagan on Sunday by car along with 14 NLD youth members.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 July 2011 10:46 )  

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