This is a statement from Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton, the Chair of the Bishops’ Conference Department of International Affairs on the visit to the United Kingdom of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chair of Burma’s National League for Democracy:
On behalf of the Catholic community in England and Wales, I am delighted to welcome Daw Aung San Suu Kyi forthcoming historic visit to the UK.
Ms. Suu Kyi’s tireless commitment to justice, human dignity and the alleviation of poverty has marked her out as an inspirational figure, not only within Burma, but around the world. Her readiness for personal sacrifice and unfaltering commitment to dialogue are deserving of the very highest commendation. In particular we recognise her efforts to promote unity amongst Burma’s rich diversity of ethnic and religious groups, and the important relationships that she has built, including with the country’s Catholic Church.
At this significant time we offer our prayers for all people in Burma, and our continued support for those working to build a peaceful and just future.
Bishop Declan Lang
Chair, Department of International Affairs
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales