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Tutu hopes for "free" Myanmar in Suu Kyi meeting

Published on Feb 26, 2013 7:26 PM
Archbishop Desmond Tutu (right) talks to reporters after his meeting with Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (left) at Ms Suu Kyi's residence in Yangon on Feb 26, 2013. Archbishop Tutu met fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb 26 during a visit to Myanmar that also included talks with dissidents imprisoned by the former junta. -- PHOTO:AFP

YANGON (AFP) - Archbishop Desmond Tutu said on Tuesday he hoped to see a "truly free" Myanmar as he met fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit to the former junta-ruled nation.

The anti-apartheid campaigner said he was "thrilled" to meet Ms Suu Kyi for private talks at the lakeside mansion in Yangon where the Myanmar activist was locked up for years during her more than two-decade struggle for democracy.

"It is wonderful to be here and to see her. We are looking forward to seeing your country truly free," he told reporters gathered at the residence.

"The potential of this country is immense and we want to see the potential fully realised," he said, urging an end to ethnic conflict in the country.

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