Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in yellow, talks with Deputy Border Affairs Minister Maj. Gen. Zaw Win, left, during Myanmar's 68th anniversary celebrations of Armed Forces Day, in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, Wednesday, March 27, 2013.
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Aung San Suu Kyi attends Burma's Armed Forces Day

27 March 2013 Last updated at 13:21 GMT

Burma has marked its Armed Forces Day with a military parade, with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in attendance for the first time.

Ms Suu Kyi's presence is seen as a sign of improving ties with the military since her release from house arrest.

Addressing the gathering, army chief General Min Aung Hlaing told troops the military would maintain a role in national politics.

The event comes amid ongoing communal violence in central Burma.

Jonathan Head reports.