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Tribute by Bono to Burma's Suu Kyi

Rock star Bono will join fellow aid campaigner Sir Bob Geldof in a special tribute event to honour Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The U2 frontman will present the Nobel Peace Prize laureate with Amnesty International's prestigious Ambassador of Conscience award at a public concert in Dublin next month.

"It's so rare to see grace trump military might and when it happens we should make the most joyful noise we can," Bono said.

"Aung San Suu Kyi's grace and courage has tilted a wobbly world further in the direction of democracy. We all feel we know her, but it will be such a thrill to meet her in person. How honoured we are that she should consider Ireland for her first real trip from home."

Ms Suu Kyi has agreed to attend the Electric Burma event the day after delivering her acceptance speech in Oslo for the Nobel Peace Prize she was awarded in 1991.

The lifelong democracy campaigner is expected to address a crowd of supporters outside the Dublin venue on the night.

Ms Suu Kyi has been unable to collect either honour having been under house arrest or in prison for 15 of the last 24 years. This will be her first trip to Europe since 1988.

Sir Bob said it was an honour to be asked to be involved in the concert. "To be allowed to honour this woman is an honour in itself. The heroine of dignity, integrity, courage and steely moral vigour lost her freedom and her family in order to gain a nation. Ireland is ennobled by her visit," he said.

Organisers said tickets will be sold through ticketmaster.ie and electricburma.com and range from 25 euro to 50, 75 and 100 euro.

Ms Suu Kyi is also to be awarded the freedom of Dublin city on the night, with plans under way for the tribute to be made on a stage outside the theatre in front of supporters. It is hoped several thousand people will attend. With the Republic of Ireland playing Italy later that evening in one of the final group stage matches of Euro 2012, it is understood organisers planned the event for 4.45pm to avoid a clash.

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