published: 16.09.2013, 13:09 | updated: 16.09.2013 14:28:09
Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman received Burmese Nobel Peace Prize holder, dissident and human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi for a half-an-hour conversation today.
Suu Kyi is for the first time in Prague at the invitation of organisers of the Forum 2000 conference she opened on Sunday.
She is also scheduled to meet Foreign Minister Jan Kohout later today.
Suu Kyi became the symbol of the Burmese opposition in 1988 when she established the National League for Democracy (NLD) that demanded the departure of the military junta that ruled the nation for decades.
Due to her political activities, she was in house arrest for 15 years.
She was only released from it in 2010 after Burma embarked on the road for democracy.
Last May, she could travel abroad for the first time in 24 years.
She said on Sunday former Czech president Vaclav Havel, a dissident under the Communist regime, refused the nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 and proposed her instead of him.
In her speech, Suu Kyi voiced thanks to Havel for the support he expressed to the Burmese opposition at the time of the rule of the military junta in the country.
Suu Kyii said he had maintained in the Burmese opposition the flame of hope when it was undergoing the worst time, which would never be forgotten.
She said Havel had done much for democracy and human rights not only in Burma, but also elsewhere in the world.
Havel, who died in 2011, was the first Czechoslovak postcommunist president in 1989-1992 and Czech president in 1993-2003.
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