Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi with US President
Barack Obama at her home in Yangon. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
Aung San Suu Kyi has expressed disappointment that
governments including New Zealand are calling her country
Myanmar - a name chosen by its military rulers - rather than
"I shall always refer to this country as Burma, until the
Burmese people decide what they want it to be called," the
opposition leader said after meeting New Zealand Prime
Minister John Key in the capital Naypyidaw on Thursday.
The Australian and New Zealand governments have recently
officially recognised the name Myanmar as the country
continues democratic reforms after decades of iron-fisted
But Ms Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate who spent about 15 years
under house arrest in her struggle for democracy, says
Myanmar's transition is far from complete.
"The outside world has been very supportive and I think now
they need to be a little bit more careful about how they
support us," Ms Suu Kyi said.
"What we want is people-centred aid, rather than
She also said Myanmar must change its constitution, which
currently bans her from taking the presidency in elections
planned for 2015.
Mr Key's visit came just days after US President Barack Obama
visited the country.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard met President Thein Sein on the
sidelines of the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Laos this
month in the first such meeting between Australian and
Myanmarese leaders since 1984.