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Suu Kyi invited to visit Canada

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper has invited Burmese democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi to Canada to personally accept her honorary citizenship.

Ms Suu Kyi was freed on November 13 after more than seven years under house arrest in the military-controlled country.

Her release came a week after Burma's first election in 20 years in which neither she nor her opposition party could participate.

Ms Suu Kyi was made an honorary Canadian citizen in 2007, and a cousin accepted on her behalf.

Mr Harper said in a statement that while he recognises Ms Suu Kyi's immediate priority is to focus on consultations and dialogue within Burma, he hopes she will be able to accept Canada's invitation at the appropriate time.

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