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'Suu Kyi patiently seeks dialogue with junta'

Myanmar's newly-released democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has vowed to remain patient in seeking dialogue with military rulers following last month's controversial poll, which has kept them in power.

world Updated: Dec 12, 2010 18:30 IST

Myanmar's newly-released democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has vowed to remain patient in seeking dialogue with military rulers following last month's controversial poll, which has kept them in power.

"I think the credibility of the government does not depend on statistics. It depends on the will of the people. It depends on the genuine support of the people," she said in a recent interview with Japan's public network NHK broadcast on Sunday.

"And we have to wait to find out how genuine that is."

The democracy icon has spent most of the past 20 years locked up but was freed from her latest seven-year stretch of confinement on November 13.

She was under house arrest during the November 7 election, Myanmar's first in two decades, that was widely criticised by democracy activists and Western governments as anything but free and fair.

The junta's political proxy has claimed an overwhelming victory in the poll.

"I would like to say whatever influence I have, if I have influence over the people, I would use it to bring about national reconciliation," said the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

"The junta has never been very keen on dialogue but we have to persevere," she said, adding that one month after her release is "not a long time".

"And we are capable of that much perseverance."

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party was disbanded for boycotting the election in response to rules that seemed designed to bar her from taking part.