Follow Christiane on social media:

On Twitter + Facebook + Instagram Amanpour producers on Twitter

What time is Amanpour on CNN?

Check showtimes to see when Amanpour is on CNN where you are. Or watch online.

Check showtimes to see when Amanpour is on CNN where you are. Or watch online.

Aung San Suu Kyi has “soft spot” for the military generals

September 21st, 2012
06:32 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the world's most revered advocates for democracy.

The repressive military regime in Myanmar kept her isolated from the world, under house arrest for almost twenty years.

In the last year her struggle finally paid off.

The country's new president, Thein Sein, freed her from detention and instituted a series of economic and political reforms – allowing her to win a seat in parliament this year.

Suu Kyi is now working with President Thein Sein – one of the ruling generals who kept her under house arrest.

I’ve never thought that what they did to me was personal. It is politics. And if you decide to go into politics, you have to be prepared to put up with these kinds of problems. I like a lot of the generals. I’m rather inclined to liking people,” she said. That includes, surprisingly, the very people who prevented her from seeing your husband and her children.

“I think it’s perfectly natural for me to feel this way,” she says. “I’ve always got on with people in the army; you mustn't forget that my father was the Founder of the Burmese army. This is why I have a soft spot for them even though I don't like what they do – that’s different from not liking them.”

She says she’s encouraged by her work in the legislature.

“We have a speaker who is very fair-minded and who treats us like a proper opposition, in spite of our very, very small numbers.”

This year she was finally able to collect the Nobel Peace Prize she won back in 1991.

This week Suu Kyi was in Washington to meet with President Obama. She received a hero's welcome at the U.S. Congress, where she accepted a congressional gold medal.

VIDEO: Suu Kyi awarded Congressional medal

The ceremony was broadcast at home in Myanmar - the first time that the state broadcaster aired footage of Suu Kyi overseas.

She says she appreciates the accolades, but can also be embarrassed by it.

“It doesn’t seem right for anybody to get so much attention.”

Suu Kyi believes the U.S. should now have a waiver on some of their sanctions against Myanmar. She contends that the sanctions were politically very effective, but disagrees with those who claim they had a severe, negative effect.

“Of course it wasn’t sanctions alone that brought about the reforms but I think sanctions played a very, very important part.”

On the personal impact of her house arrest, she says she can’t make up the years she lost with her sons when they were children. She denies reports that she’s estranged from son Alexander.

“You can’t make it up to them as children, because they’re no longer children and they probably wouldn’t like me to treat them as children anymore… So I think what I would simply wish to do is to learn to have a good relationship with them across the distance that separates us.”

Suu Kyi is 'global symbol' of progress, says U.N. secretary

CNN’s Ken Olshansky produced this piece for television.

Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Myanmar
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Bill Anderson

    Read about my struggle for democracy in the US with a search for "New police weapon against homeless".

    September 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  2. Khin Nyo

    Thank you so much for the great interview, Christiane!

    September 22, 2012 at 12:26 am | Reply
  3. Htaik Seng

    Reblogged this on htaikseng.

    September 22, 2012 at 12:55 am | Reply
  4. Milton

    Suu Kyi is fantastic, 'compromising' is not giving up, she has done more than anyone else already, nobody can imagine what she has been through, I hope she carries on for a long time

    September 22, 2012 at 10:14 am | Reply
  5. Engr Sanusi Yau

    Suu Kyi is always full of suprises! I can't imagine how quickly she softened up. I hope she will continue with the struggle until her last breath.

    September 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  6. Pasta

    That's nice, given that she does nothing, probably even laugh while Rohingya Muslims were killed in her country. But then, Burma has a long history of ethnic cleansing to keep their racial pores clean.

    September 23, 2012 at 1:53 am | Reply
    • Burman

      Don't talk about Rohinya here. There are no "Rohinya" in Burma, only illegal Bengali. They are in Assam as well as in parts of India and Mombai.

      DASSK got to look after the Burmese not illegal aliens.

      September 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Reply
      • munja

        aha, they are "illegal", so it is allowed "clean" them via genocide, don't you !? Suu Kyi is such a hypocrite as well as "democratic west"

        September 24, 2012 at 6:44 am |
      • zik

        What about Hindus comming from Pakistan.Will you call them illegal Pakistanis?Go & read the history then write.There was subsequent Muslim population in Burma at the time of creation of Burma..Rohingiyas are very much Burmese not Bangladeshis.

        September 24, 2012 at 7:09 am |
  7. Alex

    She is so wonderful, incredible..

    September 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  8. Mazy

    Just like America is holding Afiya Siddique captive.

    September 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Reply

    Please meditate and pass trough.
    Thanks, GOD Bless You

    September 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  10. Ben

    Please, don't kid yourselves. She is only going after the money too, the same as the Generals. She was "enlightened" by the Generals and multinationals on Myanmars natural wealth. Doesn't it seem kind of strange that all of a sudden there is a change of heart in Myanmar? Sounds to me like she got a piece of the action just as the Generals did and everything is ok now.

    September 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  11. Younghyun Kim(World Innocent)

    As one of all world bastions of world justice and peace, this so-called weak and unworthly ordinary individual among all world innocents appreciates her(or a respectable world women leader) trying to plant the seeds of democracy and justice for her precious people and the global villages, where should have done well with this era's all mankind's long-cherished cause and also, been going to come up with stronger measures to fight against our time's all evildoers' unpardonable atrocities against all the sound world innocents, who can help their international society blot out its barbaric acts or the vandalism of man.

    This weak world innocent or 순수인 in korean prays for her precious people's grand happiness and her country's good prospects and better growth for human rights + democracy and economy. And hope her country will metamorphose into a well-formed democratic country as much as all world countries must be and have already been at the top of. This disinterested world innocent hopes she is always healthy and happy and Good luck to her precious people!

    2012. 09. 24 in korean time/daily zone in downtown Seoul, South Korea from Younghyun Kim

    September 24, 2012 at 3:07 am | Reply
  12. zik

    she is just another agent of west & Multi national companies.West need her to enter the market in Myanmar & take control of natural resources.She doesn't deserve peace prize as she has not spoken a single words for Muslims massacre in Burma.

    September 24, 2012 at 7:02 am | Reply
  13. Sahiba


    September 24, 2012 at 7:58 am | Reply
  14. Habib

    Like always:Great.

    September 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  15. Habib

    I think she totally deserves that.Because she showed the other how to fight by words and in a peaceful way like Gandhi.Viva democracy.

    September 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  16. laxmivenkatesh holalkere

    It was a great interview with full of substance in it !

    September 25, 2012 at 2:12 am | Reply
  17. Sol Cbd

    Your blog really pumps me up. I take a look at your write up about every single day. Do listen to your gut. Then back that up with some data and facts. I am going to name my son after you. I love the helpful info you provide in your posts. Some really interesting information here.

    December 27, 2018 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  18. Orville Vanbrunt

    Hi there! I simply would like to give an abundant thumbs up for the good data you have got right here on this post. I've bookmarked your blog and shall be coming again to your site for more soon. If you have a opportunity check out my site It's brand new, but i'm hoping some day it will be as educational as yours kelly kosky

    December 2, 2020 at 9:44 am | Reply
  19. zortilo nrel

    What i do not understood is actually how you're not really much more well-preferred than you might be right now. You are so intelligent. You know thus considerably in relation to this subject, made me in my view imagine it from a lot of numerous angles. Its like women and men are not involved until it's something to do with Girl gaga! Your individual stuffs nice. At all times care for it up!

    February 7, 2021 at 3:12 pm | Reply

    Good V I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your site. I had no trouble navigating through all tabs as well as related info ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it at all. Reasonably unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or something, website theme . a tones way for your customer to communicate. Nice task..

    February 9, 2021 at 4:23 am | Reply
  21. vreyro linomit

    Hi, Neat post. There is an issue with your website in web explorer, might check thisK IE nonetheless is the market leader and a large section of folks will pass over your fantastic writing due to this problem.

    February 26, 2021 at 7:36 am | Reply
  22. Babette Dolder

    Some genuinely nice and utilitarian info on this web site, too I believe the style has got great features.

    March 4, 2021 at 10:55 am | Reply
  23. Patrick Claiborne

    Hello, Neat post. There is a problem with your web site in internet explorer, may check this… IE nonetheless is the market leader and a good element of other people will miss your fantastic writing because of this problem.

    March 6, 2021 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  24. cost of sildenafil in mexico

    sildenafil citrate 100 mg sildenafil 50 mg no prescription

    April 12, 2021 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  25. is vardenafil in the va formulary

    vardenafil dosage instructions vardenafil

    April 14, 2021 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  26. tadalafil 40

    tadalafil pills 20mg generic tadalafil 40 mg

    April 23, 2021 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  27. alprostadil intraurethral (muse) therapy

    alprostadil penile suppository price alprostadil injection demonstration video

    April 24, 2021 at 5:18 am | Reply
  28. zithromax pill

    zithromax perscription zithromax indications

    April 24, 2021 at 6:18 am | Reply
  29. priligy

    priligy cost priligy tablets uk

    April 30, 2021 at 10:39 am | Reply
  30. average perscription pills taken by 65 year old canadian?

    canadian diet pills canadian pills pharmacy

    May 1, 2021 at 10:44 pm | Reply
  31. buy viagra from canada

    generic drug for viagra in canada viagra without a doctor prescription in canada

    May 2, 2021 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  32. chloroquine diphosphate

    chlorquine malaria skin rash

    May 7, 2021 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  33. Archie Rifkin

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a online game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these sl articles and blogs

    May 10, 2021 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  34. Forrest Hertzog

    This was awesome! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    May 12, 2021 at 3:09 am | Reply
  35. avanafil

    buy avana uk avana drug

    May 16, 2021 at 2:11 am | Reply
  36. storno brzinol

    I was looking through some of your posts on this website and I believe this website is really instructive! Keep posting.

    May 16, 2021 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  37. Cecelia Pizzaro

    I don't know about you guys but I am obsessed with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff

    May 16, 2021 at 4:26 pm | Reply

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.