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“We recognize change is hard and you do not always move in a straight line but I’m optimistic,” Obama said.
President Obama started his visit attending a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which Myanmar is hosting this year.
In remarks to the summit’ President Obama said he is looking forward to building on what he said is a strong partnership between the U.S. and ASEAN.
“We are very much invested in building the capacity not just of individual nations but between nations so that together we can become stronger more capable partners of each other and meet the regional and global challenges ahead,” President Obama said.
Michael Aris, her husband was only allowed to see her five times during that time. Her husband died in 1999 from cancer during her house arrest and her children were not allowed to visit their mother for more than 10 years. In 1991; Ms. Suu Kyi became the first Asian woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; however, she was not allowed to attend the ceremony even though the international community has awarded her over a dozen of it’s highest honors and has pressured the Burmese military to release her for years.
President Obama & the Lady: –President Obama personally advocated the release of all political prisoners, especially Aung San Suu Kyi, during the 2009 US-ASEAN Summit and one year later in November 2010; during the filming of the movie “the Lady”; Ms. Suu Kyi’shouse arrest was lifted.
Director Luc Besson had accepted the script for the Lady immediately as an opportunity for him to finally present a real life heroine, a female fighter who wields no other weapons than her human virtues.
Actress Michelle Yeoh who had always wanted to play Aung San Suu Kyi called the film “a labour of love” and was deported from Burma reportedly because of her portrayal of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Secretary Hillary Clinton: —Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have became friends in December 2011 when she visited “the Lady” (Hillary saw the movie before she met the Aung San Suu Kyi) and subsequently Ms. Suu Kyi won a Burma Parliamentary seat in April 2012.
On 16 June 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi was finally able to deliver her Nobel acceptance speech (Nobel lecture) at Oslo’s City Hall, two decades after being awarded the peace prize. In September 2012 she received in person the United States Congressional Gold Medal, which is the highest Congressional honour in the United States. She met President Barack Obama at the White House for the first time saying it was “one of the most moving days of my life”.
Speaking at a joint press conference President Obama warned Myanmar’s reforms since shedding outright military rule in 2011 were by “no means complete or irreversible” and called for “free, fair and inclusive” elections in the nation, where Aung San Suu Kyi and her party are set to contest crucial polls next year.
Suu Kyi, who has publicly stated her desire to be president, is barred from the top office by a constitutional clause ruling out anyone with foreign spouse or children from the presidency.
Her late husband and two sons are British and the democracy champion is seeking an amendment.
Using strong language, President Obama took up the issue telling reporters that“the amendment process needs to reflect inclusion rather than exclusion.”
“I don’t understand the provision that would bar somebody from running for president because of who his (someone’s) children are.”
Aung SanSuu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy (NLD) party is expected to sweep polls in late 2015, branded the contentious clause as “unfair, unjust and undemocratic” adding “it is not right to discriminate against one particular citizen”.
The issue is currently being debated in parliament, where 25 percent of the seats are ring-fenced for the military.
“The majority of our people understand that this constitution cannot stand as it is, if democracy is to be achieved”, the Democracy chairperson (Suu Kyi) added.
The pair spoke in the garden of Suu Kyi’s villa in a reprise of their landmark meeting in 2012, which saw President Obama throw his political might behind Myanmar’s transition from junta rule.
During his two-day trip to Myanmar; President Obama has also raised alarm over the direction of reforms, however, citing the cramping of freedom of expression, ongoing conflicts and the treatment of Myanmar’s minority groups — especially the Muslim Rohingya.
Their talks at Suu Kyi’s lakeside family home came almost four years to the day after she was released from years of house arrest.
But the atmosphere has slowly soured, with many observers saying reforms have stalled.