Friday, July 1, 2011

NLD confirms Suu Kyi to visit Bagan on personal pilgrimage

Friday, 01 July 2011 18:38 Phanida

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The National League for Democracy (NLD) General-Secretary Aung San Suu Kyi will make a four-day pilgrimage to Bagan on Monday, NLD central executive committee member Han Tha Myint has confirmed.

Aung San Suu Kyi greets her youngest son Htein Lin
at Rangoon's MIngalardon airport on Sunday
June 19, 2011. Photo: Mizzima
He said the trip is a personal visit and that she has applied for leave from NLD affairs. Bagan is the site of large historical temple complex that is revered in Burma.

The trip will be her first outside of Rangoon since she was released from house arrest. At least 10 people will accompany her to provide security, according to the NLD.

The NLD said that she would not meet with NLD members in Bagan, but declined to provide any more details. She will take a flight from Rangoon to Nyaung Oo and will go to Bagan by car.

“Her pilgrimage to Bagan will take four days, I think. She will be on leave till next Friday,” Han Tha Myint said.

Recently, Burma’s Home Affairs Ministry sent the NLD a letter warning it not to conduct political activities.

Bagan is an ancient city located on the Irrawaddy River in the Mandalay Region. It was the capital of several ancient Burmese kingdoms. Most of the temples and buildings were built from the 11th to 13th centuries.

On other issues, Mizzima asked Win Htein whether Suu Kyi had promised the authorities not to meet with foreign senior leaders or not. In response to Mizzima’s question, Win Htein said that Suu Kyi did not make any such agreement with the junta. The issue recently made some news in the Indian media.

“She meets with foreign diplomats nearly every week. The news (issued by a section of the Indian media) was not true,” Win Htein said.

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