Aung San Suu Kyi, and Deputy Border Affairs Minister Maj. Gen. Zaw Win
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Aung San Suu Kyi attends Burma's Armed Forces Day

27 March 2013 Last updated at 20:04 GMT

Burma has marked its Armed Forces Day with a military parade, with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in attendance for the first time.

Ms Suu Kyi's presence is seen as a sign of improving ties with the military since her release from house arrest.

Addressing the gathering, army chief General Min Aung Hlaing told troops the military would maintain a role in national politics.

The event comes ongoing communal violence in central Burma.

Jonathan Head reports.