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Aung San Suu Kyi attends peace conference in Oslo

Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre met with Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss peace at the peace conference at Oslo Forum Monday. Bono also attended the conference to speak about reconciliation in Ireland, before flying the Nobel Price winner to his concert in Dublin the same evening.

Bono has been involved in Aung San Suu Kyi's work in Myanmar for a while, and he wrote the song "Walk On" when U2 was working on a project with Amnesty in the 90s. Originally it was dedicated to Suu Kyi's husband, Michael Aris, but this was later changed, Bono explains.

The singer told NRK that he felt "starstruck" to meet Suu Kyi in Oslo, and that he felt happy that she has embraced the song dedicated to her. "I like the song," Suu Kyi told reporters. "It's about learning to get on in life on your own two feet, even when things don't go your way."

At yesterday's conference, however, the topic of focus was Suu Kyi's future plans for Myanmar, or Burma, which was the name of the country before the military changed it in 1989.

"I don't want to make any promises to the Burmese people," Suu Kyi stated. "My promise is to do my best, and that I will keep. The people will have to understand that I am a politician, not just a "mother," said the woman who has been given the nickname "Mother Democracy."

She told the press that she doesn't oppose the name change to Myanmar in itself, but the way it was introduced. "They didn't ask the people. It was undemocratic. That's why I stick with Burma," she said.

Oslo Forum is an annual conference where politicians, diplomats, and other persons gather to discuss and exchange experiences from conflict resolution and peace mediation. Members usually meet behind closed doors, and this is the tenth time the meeting is being held.

Other participants at this year's forum includes Sweden's Minister of of Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt, Myanmar's Minister of Industry U Soe Thane, President Louise Arbor in the International Crisis Group, the Minister of Peace in the Philippines Teresa Quintos Deles, and Peace - and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra of the African Union.

(NRK)


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