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Suu Kyi expresses desire to 'lead Burma people'

June 20, 2012 - Rangoon

Nobel Peace Prize winner and Burmese pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has expressed her desire to lead the people of her country.

During an exclusive interview with The BBC, Suu Kyi was asked whether, following elections scheduled for 2015, she wanted to lead the Burmese people.

The democracy icon replied she 'would lead the people if she can do it the right way'.

Suu Kyi's also discussed wide-ranging issues such as Burma's ethnic conflicts, political reform and foreign investment.

According to the report, she warned foreign companies investing in Burma that they would be monitored and exposed if they did not behave in a 'democracy-friendly, human rights-friendly' way and follow 'best practices'.

"And if they are not such companies and if they are doing business with cronies and with those who will use their new economic powers to consolidate the grip of the government, then I think we'll have to expose them," she added.

When asked whether her sacrifice would have been worth it if Burma did not achieve full democracy, Suu Kyi said 'the victory in some ways is in the endeavour'.

"I'm not the only one working for democracy in Burma, there are so many people who have worked for it because they believe that this is the only way we can maintain the dignity of our people," she said.


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