British PM calls Suu Kyi release 'first step'
British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday the release of Aung San Suu Kyi should be the first step towards the people of Myanmar being able to choose their leaders.
Cameron told parliament's lower House of Commons that he had spoken to the newly-freed pro-democracy icon earlier Monday to pass on the best wishes of people in Britain.
"I'm sure the whole house would want to join with me in welcoming the liberation, at last, of Aung San Suu Kyi," he told lawmakers.
"Her tenacity and courage in the face of injustice has been truly inspiring.
"I spoke to her this morning to pass on the congratulations of everyone in this country for her release and her remarkable stand on democracy and human rights.
"We must now work to ensure that her release is followed by freedom for more than 2,000 other political prisoners and that this becomes the first step towards the people in Burma being able to choose the person they want to run their country."
The ruling military junta has held power for decades in Myanmar, which achieved its independence from Britain as Burma in 1948. Aung San Suu Kyi's late husband was British.
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