August 19, 2016

Sailing smoothly through the winds of change

The culmination of nearly two years of peace talks between the government and ethnic armed organisations has finally led to the signing of a nationwide ceasefire accord. It is hoped the deal will lead to genuine peace and bring an end to over six decades of internal armed conflict that began shortly after Myanmar gained independence from the British in 1948.
Leaders of both sides, including the president and the commander-in-chief, gathered at the signing ceremony in the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw on the historic day of October 15. Both sides had to make difficult compromises throughout the lengthy negotiations to make the peace deal possible.
This success story provides evidence that the age of ‘agree to disagree’ has been born in Myanmar. Leaving their differences behind, the government, the army and ethnic groups have resolved to cooperate and compromise rather than going to head-to-head in a confrontational manner.
The ceasefire deal is a crucial step that will allow the peace process to move forward to political dialogue, through which complex issues such as resource sharing and self-administration could be solved.
We have come a long way, but there is still a long way to go. It is imperative for both sides to prevent peace talks from ever collapsing. The ceasefire should be viewed as an excellent opportunity for every armed organisation and political party to put the interests of the people first so that we may sail smoothly through the winds of change.


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