August 19, 2016

Peace is just a nod of agreement away

The NLD-led government took office on 31 March, while the country found itself confronted by a bewildering array of social and economic challenges deriving from political instability. It is understandable that the government will be closely scrutinised whether it has all what it takes to live up to the expectations of the “purple fingers” that lifted it to power in last year’s election.
An editorial entitled “Suu Kyi’s hollow words” in the 8 July issue of Bangkok Post made an incorrect judgement about our country by stating that ‘there is no difference between the Myanmar military regime and the civilian government’. Clearly, the incumbent government has received more visits by foreign heads and diplomats in its first four months in office than the previous government, apart from foreign businesses.
The paper also expressed some disapproval for the exclusion of the controversial community in the western part of the country. There is nothing to hide about our country’s long-drawn-out ethnic armed conflicts. In addition, the successive governments of our country have been frank with the international community about the community in question, with officials stressing that that is not among the country’s 135 official ethnic groups. It should be noted that racial and religious issues are always secondary to national affairs.
The international community is well aware of the fact that our country has reached a crucial juncture as the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference is initially scheduled for August. There will no doubt be an irresistible momentum towards national reconciliation, since State Counsellor herself has vowed to make the conference as inclusive as possible. Now that peace is just a nod of agreement away, we are left to keep pinning our faith on the government.


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