Aung San Suu Kyi begins first leg of European tour
Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Switzerland on Wednesday on the first leg of a historic European tour which will see her accept the Nobel Peace Prize that thrust her into the global spotlight two decades ago.
6:46AM BST 14 Jun 2012
On her arrival in Geneva Suu Kyi stepped off the flight “smiling and seemingly in great form,” an airport spokesman said.
The lakeside city is the starting point for the more than two-week trip taking the opposition leader to Britain, France, Ireland and Norway, where she will give a speech acknowledging the 1991 Nobel award.
The visit marks a new milestone in the political changes that have swept the country formerly known as Burma since decades of military rule ended last year, bringing to power a new quasi-civilian government.
It is Suu Kyi’s first trip to Europe since 1988 after spending the majority of the next 22 years under house arrest.
She left Rangoon as western Burma was rocked by sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya that has left dozens dead and prompted President Thein Sein to warn of disruption to the fragile reform process.