August 19, 2016

Peace is a shared destiny

How a government treats the ordinary class and the privileged one is a common yardstick by which the government’s capacity is measured. Politically speaking, the government is mainly responsible for steering the country into stability and prosperity.
Now that the government is determined to hold the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference in August, it is important to reinforce core messages through regular encouragement in a practical and inspirational way. The time has come for the government to emphasise the critical need for constant commitment to the restoration of peace.
This commitment will require all the negotiation teams to compromise to be able to avoid the possible risk of relapsing into conflict.
There is a tendency for people at the top to make the mistake of believing that their subordinates see things as clearly as they do. It should be noted that it only takes a stupid group at the negotiation table to create mayhem at the peace conference. In fact, building peace is an undertaking on the far side of conflict to reconstruct the foundations of peace.
On one hand, national reconciliation through trust is central to the restoration of peace, but on the other hand, as State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi put it, suspicion and mistrust create anxiety, whereas trust can clear the cloud of suspicion and mistrust.
Most important of all, all the stakeholders to be engaged in the peace conference need to ready themselves to accept the responsibility and accountability in restoring peace and stability across the country. Another important thing is that they need to speak with one voice to convince their fellows to embrace the fruits of peace. The expectation is that the peace conference will no doubt turn out to be an event that will shape the destiny of our nation.


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