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October 18, 2019

Conflicts should be left behind in the past

The people of Myanmar have thirsted for peace for decades. We do not want to see war and hostilities between ethnic groups. Such conflicts have been borne of misunderstanding among national brethren living in Myanmar. Through the spread of propaganda, some people have come to misidentify civil conflicts as intrusions from outside forces.
In a closed society, previous governments failed to transfer the notion of peace from paper into the real world. They may have won many wars by defeating enemies in combat, but they did not win the hearts and minds of ordinary people.
Without sharing power and resources to guarantee a better livelihood for the people, peace was unable to take hold. In the meantime, many lost their lives, not at the hands of outside forces, but through internal conflicts.
Mistrust has prevented friendship between national brethren for decades. Some foreign countries have benefited from this situation, turning a blind eye to illegal logging, human trafficking of ethnic people and drug trade.
The bitter past continues to make an impact on several fronts, in the form of poorer education, health and livelihood opportunities in some areas of the country. As times have changed, Myanmar urgently needs to establish a peaceful society for the sake of the country’s development.
Myanmar has now seen a bright daybreak of peace after marathon efforts from respective groups since the government took office on March 31, 2011. A draft ceasefire deal has been signed with the administration in its fifth term.
Development and peace are interdependent. One person’s interests should be in line with the entire nation’s interests.  No one wants to separate from their family to take part in conflicts. We genuinely thirst for peace. Promises written on paper must be backed by real world action, so that conflicts become a thing of the past.

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