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Aung San Suu Kyi speaks in the Riksdag

Published: 15 June 2017 at 13.35

On 13 June, Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor of Myanmar (Burma) gave an address at the Riksdag at the invitation of the Speaker Urban Ahlin.

Aung San Suu Kyi holds her address in the former Second Chamber before members of parliament and invited guests

Aung San Suu Kyi holds her address in the former Second Chamber before members of parliament and invited guests Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

When Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, she was in house arrest and was not able to receive the prize personally. Nor was it therefore possible to invite her to the Riksdag to give an address, as many Nobel Peace Prize Laureates have done over the years.

“Myanmar has made remarkable progress along the difficult road to democracy. Initiatives have been taken to bring about reforms and change is under way. But no country is without challenges. In the pursuit of a lasting peace, there are important steps to be taken – to create economic and social development throughout the country, to combat corruption and build strong institutions,” said Urban Ahlin in his words of welcome.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s address included the peace process and the importance of reconciliation and dialogue with different groups in the country.

The address was broadcast via the Riksdag webcast service and can be watched on demand via the link below.

Webcast: The State Counsellor of Myanmar (Burma) Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at the Riksdag