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Paul recalls his meeting Aung Sang Suu Kyi in Warminster in 1987

(June 17, 2012)
 Twenty five years ago a hopeful local politician met a future Nobel prize winner who this weekend brought a tear to his eye as Suu Kyi spoke to an audience in the Danish capital of Oslo.
 "I watched the news broadcast and heard her words when she said she felt at first 'she was no longer part of the real world' but added later 'the prize we working for was a free, secure and just society where our people might be able to realise their full potential'." says Paul Macdonald.
 "What set up my emotional tear was hearing her say 'Ultimately we should be to create a a world free from the displaced, the homeless and the hopeless, a world in which each and every corner is a true sanctuary where the inhabitants will have the freedom and the capacity to live in peace," adds Paul.
 The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize of 1991 had been delayed because of the steadfastness of a woman defending peacefully 'under house arrest in 1989' the future of her nation against a far east regime then gave her inspiration two years later.
 She refused to leave her people and cause in 1991 in fear of not being allowed to return.
 "This woman has to be the most important twenty first century inspiration to all those who believe in democracy," claims Paul who in 1992 stood as a parliamentary candidate.
 "Just a few conversations around a lunch table all those years ago inspired me and continue to do so."
 Paul met Aung Sang Suu Kyi at Teddington House in Warminster when working for Aris & Phillips book publishers. Suu is a relative of the now retired owners of the specialist academic and university book publishing company
 "It was instantly evident that Suu had a special personality," adds Paul. "I had a vague knowledge of her background being interested in politics.
 "In the newspaper reporting they now all assume we know who she is just like Ghandi!"
 Aung Sang Suu Kyi is the daughter of Aung San who as a possible democratic leader in Burma after the Second World War was assassinated by a rival.
 Suu married the brother of a Warminster family who sadly passed away while Suu was committed to her role in Burma.
Lucinda nd Adrian are now planning to celebrate her peace prize at the Rugby Club in Warminster in July.
"I believe that some Nobel Peace Prizes are given away lightly because there are no outstanding candidates." argues Paul. "As a Liberal in a country that is known as the mother of democracy I say we must do all we can to support her.
"This Peace Prize goes to someone who totally inspires me for the personal commitment she has made over the last 21 years of house arrest and also then commitment the people of Burma.
"This award surpasses many others. I have a hope that I might once again meet her again. I think that all of us in this country who are interested in politics should get that opportunity.
"I would rather meet her than those prime ministers and former prime ministers that are now appearing before the Leveson Inquiry!"

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