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“What people don’t seem to realize is that we have had restrictions placed on the party for the last 20 years. That is nothing new for us,” she said. “What is new is that we have a far larger circle of supporters than we used to have in the past.”

As for the role of the army in politics, Mrs. Suu Kyi said she was open to the idea of a “transition period in which we would have to think of ways of bridging over our differences in gradual stages.”

“We know that transition will take time and it will have to go in stages,” she said.

She said it was too early to tell whether her release is a sign that the regime of Senior Gen. Than Shwe is having a change of heart.

“I have been released from house arrest before and then put back in. So I think it is a little too early to say whether there has been real a softening,” she said.

Although she has expressed her readiness for reconciliation talks with the junta, the generals have not reciprocated.

“If they had reached out to us, we would have grasped their hands,” Mrs. Suu Kyi said.

Mrs. Suu Kyi said her life has turned “very, very hectic” since her release. Despite being freed from the confines of her home, she hasn’t had time to venture out of Yangon. Her days have been packed with meetings and interviews.

On Saturday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s chief of staff, Vijay Nambiar, met her at her home in Yangon.

She also had an emotional reunion with her younger son, Kim.

“Seeing my son again was very, very nice and happy and lovely and all the nice words I can think of,” Mrs. Suu Kyi said.

She said she has been struck by the large number of young NLD supporters.

“The proportion of young people among our supporters was not this high and they were not this enthusiastic” before she was put under house arrest, Mrs. Suu Kyi said.

She attributed the trend to the fact that “more and more people [in Myanmar] have come to realize that there is a need for change.”

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Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.

Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.

 

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