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Aung San Suu Kyi calls for cautious engagement with Myanmar

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 1 June 2012
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June 01, 2012

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has spoken at the World Economic Forum for East Asia in Bangkok, urging would-be investors in Myanmar to show "a little bit of healthy skepticism" before rushing to find opportunities in her country as the government there opens up after years of isolation.

Suu Kyi said on May 31 that young people in Myanmar are badly in need of "jobs, as many jobs as possible." She described high levels of youth unemployment in her country as a "time bomb."

Suu Kyi also said the country needs help in upgrading its infrastructure and mentioned the recent rationing of electricity.

Nonetheless, she stressed that "we have to try and eradicate corruption and inequality as we proceed towards greater investment."

Suu Kyi's visit to Bangkok is the first time in 24 years that she has been outside Myanmar.

She spent 15 of those 24 years under house arrest.

Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, and dpa

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