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Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi believes that Myanmar is on the "verge of a breakthrough to democracy," after global sanctions have bolstered the country's progress.
Her remarks were made in a pre-recorded statement from her home in Yangon, Myanmar, where she accepted Asia Society's Global Vision Award, an organization that she has been a part of for several decades.
The video address aired at the Asia Society's annual gala dinner in New York on Wednesday (January 11), in lieu of her attendance.
"Now that Burma is on the verge of a breakthrough to democracy - we have not yet made the breakthrough, we are on the verge of making such a breakthrough - we look to friends like you to help us along this difficult path, which might be full of difficulties, but which we shall be able to negotiate with your help, and the help of other friends like you," she said.
Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate, spent years in detention for her pro-democracy stance before being released just after the 2010 poll. Now she plans to run for parliament in by-elections on April 1. The authorities formally registered her National League for Democracy as an authorised party on Thursday.