Suu Kyi: on Nukes, Reform, & Elections

Freed Burmese opposition leader talks with Washington Post
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2012 4:09 PM CST
Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi addresses reporters following a meeting with French foreign minister Alain Juppe at her residence in Yangon on January 15, 2012.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi sat down with the Washington Post this week to discuss her hopes for political change in Burma. Now a free citizen, a political star, and a registered candidate for parliamentary elections, Suu Kyi spoke in the same living room where she endured house arrest for 15 years:

  • On President Thein Sein: "I believe he sincerely wants reform. But he is not the only one in government. Our present constitution gives the military far too much power."

  • On US sanctions: "Engage and lift sanctions when they think the time is right. The US has laid out very clearly what the conditions are for the removal of sanctions."
  • On accusations that Burma is building a nuclear weapon with North Korea: "I don’t know that they are developing a nuclear weapon. They certainly have reestablished diplomatic relations with North Korea. That cannot be denied."
  • On being president: "I don’t want to be president, but I want to be free to decide whether or not I want to be president of this country."
  • On computers: "I learned to work on a computer. ... Fortunately I had two laptops when I was under house arrest — one an Apple and one a different operating system."
  • On meeting Hillary Clinton: "She is very nice and very intelligent. I like intelligent people."
Read the full interview here. (Read more Aung San Suu Kyi stories.)

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