December 14, 2016

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THE HEART OF THE NATION — State Counsellor calls for constant efforts to keep up momentum for peace and reconciliation

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi expressing her words of thanks to the stakeholders at the 21st Century Panglong Conference.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi expressing her words of thanks to the stakeholders at the 21st Century Panglong Conference.

STATE Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi expressed her words of thanks to the stakeholders at the 21st Century Panglong Conference, also known as the Union Peace Conference, which came to a successful conclusion yesterday.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi called the event a part of the peace process, stressing the need for constant efforts to keep up the momentum for peace and reconciliation.
“Peace is not a thing to discuss during the conference. We must keep on contemplating how to achieve peace for the reunification of the Union,” the state counsellor said, adding that the peace conference was broadcast for public observation in acknowledgement of their crucial role in the peace process.
According to the state counsellor, the purpose of broadcasting the event was aimed at enabling the people to understand the extent of challenges they needed to overcome.

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The photos show State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi greeting the attendees of the Union Peace Conference — 21st Century Panglong.

She encouraged the groups present to brave the future rather than being tied to the past, stressing that this resolution is not in the interest of individuals but for the benefit of the Union.
The peace of the Union is concerned with the world’s peace, which is why the whole world was watching the conference with interest.
To achieve peace is very difficult, she said, citing the challenges faced by other countries in their restoration of peace.
“The news of peace restored in other countries keep us cheerful, because we humans are somewhat of the same mind. Peace in one place raises hopes for peace in the other place. If our country succeeds in achieving peace, it will also raise hopes for other countries.”
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi called for a sense of duty in the peace process, describing the conference as a precedent for the conferences to come.
The state counsellor hinted at preparation for national-level political dialogue right after the conference, including a forum by civil society organisations.
She urged the representatives to the conference to play an honourable part in serving the interests of the people during their life span, instead of entertaining grudges toward one other.
She also encouraged them to leave a good legacy for the country.
As regards the complaints of the hasty decision to organise the conference, the state counsellor responded that they had to work against time not for them or the government but for the people.
She described public respect and support as critical in the success of the peace conference, adding that no government can accomplish any task without public support.
“Each day gives a new opportunity. We receive new opportunities every morning we get up.
We must grasp these opportunities to reach our goal.”
The state counsellor said pretence of not having a problem is a worrying thing, stressing that pretence can solve no crisis.
She called for parties to find ways to overcome differences through sympathetic interaction, saying that a government has a crucial obligation to prioritise the consent of the public.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urged all participants to make the 21st Century Panglong Conference go down in the history of the country in the same way as the Panglong did in 1947.

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