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Aung San Suu Kyi invited to collect Freedom of Edinburgh award

Aung San Suu Kyi
Image caption Aung San Suu Kyi was under house arrest for 15 of the past 21 years

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been invited to Edinburgh to collect an honour awarded to her while she was under house arrest.

The politician was awarded the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh in absentia in June 2005.

Edinburgh's Lord Provost George Grubb has written to her hoping the accolade can be presented to her in person.

Ms Suu Kyi was under house arrest for 15 of the past 21 years. She was released in November 2010.

She is the general secretary of the opposition party National League for Democracy.

Writing to Ms Suu Kyi, Mr Grubb said: "We have hoped for a very long time that one day Edinburgh will have the pleasure of welcoming you to Scotland's capital city, and that you will share with us your continuing aspirations for the future of Burma and its people.

"Despite relentless house arrest, deprived of freedom of speech and democratic representation, your voice has continued to strike a chord with people and countries all over the world and we hope now to confer on you, in person, our gift of the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh."

It is hoped Ms Suu Kyi will visit Edinburgh in June.

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