Published Thursday, 24 October 2013
The Burmese opposition leader met with Stormont politicians and schoolchildren on Thursday as part of her whistle-stop visit.
She met junior ministers Jonathan Bell and Jennifer McCann at Stormont Castle as both the First and Deputy First Minister are on a trade mission in America.
Speaking at Wellington College, she told politics students from across the city that Northern Ireland's peace process would inspire those in Burma.
"The main reason I have come to Northern Ireland is to learn about how you managed to negotiate a peace process in spite of all the difficulties," she said.
"It is very useful, what we have learned here I think will help us a great deal back in Burma.
"I want to see from you how you see your present day problems, because I am told the work is not done."
She said divisions in Northern Ireland, dating back 800 years, were more deep seated but explained in Burma the problem was much more complex, with a multiplicity of ethnicities and challenges in integrating a new military and civilian administration.
Earlier she had lunch with members of the PSNI and Justice Minister David Ford and also visited the Titanic Belfast visitor centre on her tour of the city.
The global figure, who spent 20 years under house arrest in her home country, was also in England this week where she met the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall as well as Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague as part of her UK tour.
Ms Suu Kyi has close connections with Britain having read philosophy, politics and economics at St Hugh's College, Oxford, between 1964 and 1967, before settling in the university city with her late husband Michael Aris, a Tibetan scholar.
In July 1989, around a year after her return to her homeland to care for her mother, Ms Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest by the ruling military which feared the influence of a woman whose father was instrumental in gaining Burma's freedom from British rule.
She remained there for much of the next 20 years, finally being released in November 2010.
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