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After decades, Suu Kyi travels abroad

Myanmar pro-democracy leader lands in Thailand with big plans, little planning

Aung San Suu Kyi arrived at Bangkok’s airport Tuesday, beginning her first trip outside Myanmar in 24 years. Aung San Suu Kyi arrived at Bangkok’s airport Tuesday, beginning her first trip outside Myanmar in 24 years. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
By Thomas Fuller
New York Times / May 30, 2012
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A trip outside Myanmar is a personal milestone for Suu Kyi - her first journey abroad in 24 years. But planning it appears to have been an afterthought. For example, no one from her office contacted the Thai Foreign Ministry, which normally coordinates such high-profile visits.

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