Swiss MPs cheer Suu Kyi
- Published: 15 Jun 2012 at 09.48
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A rapturous standing ovation greeted Aung San Suu Kyi at the Swiss parliament on the second day of her landmark European trip on Friday, after she had cancelled her engagements the night before due to exhaustion.
Aung San Suu Kyi pauses to consider a reply to a question during a press conference in Bern on Thursday. The Myanmar democracy icon, who is on her first trip to Europe after years under house arrest, resumed her schedule after resting on Thursday evening following a packed day of speeches and receptions."She feels better, she has a little headache, the programme is maintained as scheduled," said a member of her delegation who asked not to be named.The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who is in Europe for the first time in 24 years, had cancelled a dinner with Swiss President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf in Bern on Thursday after cutting short a press conference where she had vomited.Suu Kyi, 66, told reporters she was "totally exhausted" from travelling."It is a great honour that Switzerland was chosen as the first European country to be visited," the head of the lower chamber of parliament, Hansjoerg Walter, said as he welcomed Suu Kyi.The engagement brings to an end her offical stay in Switzerland, the first leg of the tour that also takes in Norway, Britain, Ireland and France.She leaves later for Oslo, where on Saturday she will personally accept the Nobel Peace Prize awarded in 1991 "for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights".Suu Kyi was under house arrest at the time, after the military junta refused to acknowledge her opposition National League for Democracy's crushing election victory the previous year.She began her European trip Thursday with a speech to an International Labour Organization conference, calling for "democracy friendly" investment in her impoverished country and a political settlement to end ethnic bloodshed."Foreign direct investment that results in job creation should be invited," she said, while urging coordinated social, political and economic policies "that will put our country once again on the map of...
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