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DPP hopes to expand ties with Aung San Suu Kyi's party

2012/06/21 21:54:36

Taipei, June 21 (CNA) Su Tseng-chang, chairman of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), said recently that he looks forward to more interaction between the DPP and the party led by Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

In a June 19 open letter to the 1991 Nobel Peace Laureate, Tseng recognized the previous exchanges between the DPP and the opposition National League for Democracy that Aung San Suu Kyi founded in 1988, and expressed the hope for more "opportunities of cooperation in the future," according to a DPP press release on Thursday.

A delegation of several DPP female politicians visited Aung San Suu Kyi in the Burmese capital of Rangoon last August and met with her party colleagues.

"As a party that has also experienced many years of struggles with an authoritarian government, we understand that democracy needs to be cherished, safeguarded and further strengthened, especially in Asia amidst challenges posed by the changing global balance of power," Tseng said.

Su also congratulated Aung San Suu Kyi on her recent acceptance of her Nobel Prize during her ongoing trip to Europe. Aung San Suu Kyi was unable to accept the award in person in 1991 because the Burmese military junta had placed her under house arrest.

"Your courage and tireless efforts have led to a new era in Burma's history and have inspired all of us around the world," Tseng wrote.

(By Justin Su and Kendra Lin)