Suu Kyi to make Nobel speech - 21 years after prize16/06/2012 - 08:59:55
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will today make her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, 21 years late.
The 66-year-old champion of democracy is being feted this month in European capitals after spending most of the past two decades kept under house arrest by Burma’s military-backed dictatorship.
Norwegian government leaders say they have eagerly awaited today’s speech at the Oslo City Hall since Suu Kyi won the world’s highest diplomatic honour in 1991. Suu Kyi says she never doubted that she would travel one day to Oslo to give her lecture.
She did receive the prize in 1991 and used its cash reward to create scholarship programs for Burmese youth. Her two British-based sons accepted the prize on her behalf in Oslo that year.
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