Suu Kyi sees military role in democratic Myanmar
Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Friday she was willing to work with Myanmar's military junta who locked her up for 15 years and said she would support its new political system if it helped the people.world Updated: Nov 19, 2010 21:28 IST
Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Friday she was willing to work with Myanmar's military junta who locked her up for 15 years and said she would support its new political system if it helped the people.
The comments by the 65-year-old Nobel peace laureate, in an interview with Reuters six days after her release from house arrest, were the strongest yet illustrating her intention and desire to engage the junta to bring about democratic reforms.
"We have not ruled out cooperation with military," she said in a telephone interview from her home in Myanmar's former capital, Yangon.
Asked to elaborate on her wish for a "non-violent, peaceful revolution" in the former British colony also known as Burma, she said: "let's put it as significant change rather than dramatic change. Drama isn't always for the best."
Although she said she would review her earlier support of Western sanctions, she doubted multinational companies could nudge the country towards economic and political reforms.
"We are going to re-assess the situation because we want to find out if it really is, as it has been put, that sanctions have failed at the expense of the people," she said.
First Published: Nov 19, 2010 21:25 IST