Breaking the impasse to move beyond common ground for common good


[dropcap font=”0″][/dropcap]The notorious image of Myanmar beleaguered by ethnic rebellion from its earliest days of independence from British rule in 1948 is soon to fade away, with the international community hailing ongoing peace talks between the government and ethnic armed groups and calling it a significant move towards ending decades of civil war.
For some reason, peace talks remain elusive, thereby overshadowing the country’s widely praised political reforms. If individual stakeholders engaged in peace talks fail, political reform will regress alongside national reform. It must be noted that a deeper phase of negotiation is needed. They should, however, keep in mind that no negotiation has ever proved productive in the absence of compromise. It is of paramount importance to all of them not to lose sight of the possibility of finding a path beyond common ground for common good.
We cannot let our country fall into ‘a nation at risk’. Democratically, there is nothing wrong with people expressing their opinions on social and political issues. Just because they are not tied to any positions in government offices or any seats in parliament does not mean they do not have the right to voice views on politics, economy, education or any other issues in the country.
They know what going it alone can accomplish. It is time for them to start to discover what working together can accomplish. It is strongly believed that citizens win when individual stakeholders collaborate. There is nothing wrong with them to start working together to develop solutions that will make peace prevail across the country, if the restoration of peace is their end goal.

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