August 19, 2016

Once and for all

When it comes to politics, nobody’s point of view is universal. On the whole, politicking is just an act of political parties pushing forward what they think is right. It is often claimed that there is no such thing as universal truth in politics, but common ends.
The same thing can be said of peace building. Peace talks are not meant to argue over eternal truth. In fact, the peace process is seeking ways to strike a balance between reality and suitability. In this respect, compromise is widely viewed as an unavoidable part of consensus politics, which is critical for our country to move forward. Consensus, however, is unreachable in the absence of sincere negotiation. It should be noted that negotiation is supposed to be a process for dealing with the differences and finding some common ground rather than solving the dispute by finding out the truth.
At a time when the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference is beginning to take shape, the good news is that none of the ethnic armed organisations in the recent Mai Ja Yang conference talked of the secession from the Union. All the stakeholders engaged in the peace process should learn the lessons from history. Despite some disagreements, all the armed groups should balance each other to maintain the country in a state of political stability and national development.
It is not an easy task to find common ground in the political polarisation, but heart-to-heart talks will somehow break down barriers to the successful organisation of the ethnically inclusive peace conference and the restoration of lasting peace once and for all.


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