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Published on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 20:00
Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will meet South Korea’s president-elect Park Geun-hye when she visits the country later this month on her first overseas trip of the year.
The two women will meet on January 29. Park Geun-hye is the daughter of Park Chung-hee, the general who grabbed power by a coup in 1961 and ruled South Korea till his assassination in 1979.
Suu Kyi will visit Seoul after receiving a peace prize in the state of Hawaii on January 28. She will leave for Hawaii on Thursday and return to Myanmar on February 1.
In South Korea Suu Kyi will meet President Lee Myung-bak and president-elect Park. The Nobel peace laureate will attend the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 Special Olympics and address the Global Development Summit on January 30.
She will also accept the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights, an award she won in 2004 while she was under house arrest in Yangon. The award was given by the May 18 Memorial Foundation, which commemorates the 1980 uprising in the southwestern city of Gwangju, considered by many to be a turning point in South Korea’s hard-won transition from dictatorship to democracy.
Suu Kyi will also address students at Seoul National University and meet Myanmar nationals living in South Korea.