September 21, 2017

State Counsellor meets Peace Process Steering Team

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi welcomes members of the Peace Process Steering Team. Photo: MNA
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi welcomes members of the Peace Process Steering Team. Photo: MNA

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi stressed the importance of trust in attaining peace at a meeting with the Peace Process Steering Team in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
“We need to remember the losses suffered by our country when we have been waiting for an enduring peace” and “efforts should be made once the Union Peace Conference commences to make sure all citizens will not face further losses”, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said at the meeting.
The State Counsellor said that trust is essential for the peace process, and that other issues can also be solved through mutual trust. She also stressed the need to have openness and straightforwardness during negotiations to build trust and to strive for improvements in the peace process for all the ethnic brethren of Myanmar.
“We need to remember that our country is lagging behind other countries in the region in terms of development, and therefore we, all ethnic brethren  peoples of the country should cooperate each other to achieve success in the peace making process,” she said.
“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,” the state counsellor said.
The leader of PPST and the Chairman of Karen National Union (KNU) Saw Mutu Sae Phoe discussed the formation of a joint committee for peace process and cooperation with 8 non-signatory groups.
The State Counsellor also discussed rules and principles on holding the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong. The chairman and the vice-chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the Conference clarified meetings with NCA non-signatory ethnic armed organizations and formation of a central committee for the conference.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi noted that mistrust and continued ethnic strife has held back the progress of Myanmar for decades and hampered its attempts to compete on the global stage.—GNLM

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