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Group to invite Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Taiwan

Staff writer, with CNA

The World League for Freedom and Democracy is planning to invite Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Taiwan in recognition of her devotion to the democratic development of her country, the group’s president said on Wednesday.

The group, an anti-communist political organization based in Taipei, would like to present Aung San Suu Kyi with a medal to honor her efforts, Yao Eng-chi (饒穎奇) said.

Yao did not give any further details of the plan to invite the Nobel Peace laureate, saying only that everything is still in progress and nothing has been confirmed.

In November last year, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) also extended an invitation to Aung San Suu Kyi to visit.

The DPP extended the invitation to a delegation of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party, while attending an annual meeting of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (NLD) in Bangkok that focused on Myanmar’s democratic transition and climate change.

DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) has previously pledged his party’s full support of her dedication to the cause to bring about freedom and democracy in Myanmar.

In August last year, a DPP women’s delegation also visited Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon and met with NLD members at the party’s headquarters.

If the peace prize laureate, who was placed under house arrest by the military junta from 1989 to 2010, accepted either the league’s or the DPP’s invitations, it would be her first visit to Taiwan.

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