Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Suu Kyi arrives in Delhi

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 16:21 Mizzima News

Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi at 12:19 p.m. [local time] on Tuesday on an Air India flight.

She was welcomed by India’s Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai at the airport.

Aung San Suu Kyi is greeted by India's Foreign Minister Ranjan Mathai as she arrives at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi just after midday on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. (PHOTO: MIZZIMA)

Burmese exiles and activists also turned out to greet the Nobel Peace Prize laureate as she begins a six-day trip to the country, her first in more than 40 years.

Reporting directly from the airport in Delhi, Mizzima’s Ko Pauk said, “Suu Kyi wore a blue blouse, a blue longyi and an off-white coat. When her supporters shouted ‘Amay [Mother] Suu be healthy!’ she smiled and waved in reply.

“She was ushered through reporters into a black Mercedes. She placed her palms together in a traditional Burmese and Indian gesture. But she did not answer any questions. She did not say anything, although it looked like she wanted to engage with the crowd.”

Several Burmese activists who welcomed Suu Kyi at the airport had planned to present her with bouquets of flowers, but they could not get close enough because of the Indian security detail, he said.

Ko Pauk said Suu Kyi was accompanied by Lower House MP Phyo Zeya Thaw.

She was quickly rushed away to the Leela Palace Hotel where she will stay during her stay in the Indian capital.

The last time Suu Kyi visited India was a short trip in 1987. Soon after, she returned to Burma to look after her ailing mother Khin Kyi, and was ultimately swept up in the pro-democracy movement.

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