Visions on ASEM of the State Counsellor
- At the opening ceremony of 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi made an opening address. Over the present situations of the world, the State Counsellor said, “Conflicts around the world are giving rise to new threats and emergencies; illegal migration, spread of terrorism and violent extremism, social disharmony and even the threat of nuclear war. Conflicts take away peace from societies, leaving behind underdevelopment and poverty, pushing people even countries away from one another.” Here in her speech, challenges of conflicts and natural disasters were vividly pointed out.
The State Counsellor also addressed, “All countries even the developed and powerful have to cope with constraints and difficulties. I believe that if policy makers develop a true understanding of each other’s constraints and difficulties, the process of global problems would become easier and more effective. It is only through mutual understanding that strong bonds of partnership can be forged.”
This highlights us how to approach in dealing with myriads of global issues. It must be said that the theme of 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, ‘Strengthening partnership for peace and sustainable development’ reflects well the State Counsellor’s approach towards global issues.
It is the concept of the State Counsellor that aligned cooperation among private sector, civil societies and the people including relations between governments based on cooperation and mutual respect must be lifted, and we firmly believe that it is encouraging spirits of sympathy and mutual understanding to develop in the minds of people from different communities. The 2nd Plenary Meeting which will upgrade peace and sustainable development at the 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting reflecting the above-said principles will be held, as will the Plenary Meeting to find ways and means for upgrading efficiency and connectivity of ASEM for 3rd decade. Last but not least, we humbly present our presumption that the statement of the State Counsellor saying “The mechanism of ASEM in which regional and international issues are frankly discussed brings about a unique opportunity for policy-makers in Asia and Europe,” is revealing the essence of ASEM.