Canada Marks Democratic Milestone in Burma

May 2, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement on the occasion of the swearing-in of Aung San Suu Kyi and her colleagues to the Burmese parliament:

“Today marks another very important milestone in what has been a historic year for the people of Burma. I congratulate Aung San Suu Kyi and her colleagues in the National League for Democracy on their historic entry into parliament today and wish them well as they continue to work for democratic change.

“Aung San Suu Kyi has fought tirelessly for more than two decades in defence of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law for the people of Burma. As of today, she continues her pursuit of a better country from within parliament.

“These times of change present an opportunity for the people, elected representatives and government to embrace democratic cooperation. Canada stands ready to support those who are working to build a more democratic and peaceful society.”

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