August 25, 2016

Emblazoned with doves

“The most important question in the world is ‘Why?’. Why do we fail to build lasting peace? Why do we fail to bring about peace on our side? Why do they fail to bring about peace on their side? If both sides apply fair thinking to these questions, trust can be established.”
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said so in a meeting with the Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) in Nay Pyi Taw a few days ago, depicting trust as a vital ingredient for the peace process and calling for concerted efforts to make the peace conference a success from the start.
On the one hand, lack of trust can cause contracts to end in vain, no matter what their terms are. On the other, mutual trust is capable of rooting out other outstanding issues. In this respect, straightforwardness and uprightness are crucial to the institutionalisation of understanding and trust in face-to-face interactions.
It is therefore necessary for all the armed groups to be determined to rid the citizens of unwanted burdens by reflecting on how much our country has suffered in its long wait for enduring peace. In fact, politicking is an activity that can be undertaken without arms.
After all, the long-running internal armed conflicts now look like they are coming to a close as the peace conference is hailed not only as a historic, inclusive event but also the beginning of the end to the suffering, pain and tragedy of our innocent national brethren. As the state counsellor put it, an opportunity like this comes once in a lifetime. So, the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference, scheduled for 31 August, should be emblazoned with doves.


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