Message from State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to the rally to welcome and support the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong

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State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi responds to discussions of local youths from Kayah State at the Peace Talk in Loikaw. Photo: MNA

27th January, 2018

I send my good wishes for peace of mind to our citizens, representatives, honored guests, members of the ceremony organizing committee, those who gave assistance the ceremony, all those who have the same desire for peace, all of you who have come to this event to support the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong
I am confident that this rally would be over flowing with the hopes and dreams of our people who love and value peace. This rally has expressed our loyalty to our patriots who were not able to enjoy internal peace, our sympathy to victims of armed conflicts in our country and our “metta” which wishes to remove bad legacies and pass down good legacies for our future generations.
In our country, armed conflicts have occurred for nearly 70 years. Efforts were made to bring peace to the country in successive eras. While taking lessons from failures due to some reasons, we must write a new chapter of our history of our era with collective efforts.
Support from the people and their active participation are sine qua non for bringing peace to our country. Peace cannot be achieved without the participation of all communities. Achieving sustainable peace is meant the development of a country and the first step towards a Democratic Federal Republic that we have all aspired for, for decades.
Peace is not just for an individual, for an organization and for an ethnic group, but for the whole Union. Peace is for security and safety of the lives of our brethren who have been residing in the country through thick and thin. Peace is a priceless jewel. To achieve this peace, we must work hard with strong desire, with relentless efforts, with strong spirit and with the wisdom to distinguish right from wrong. To prevent our country from being deprived of democracy and human rights and not to become a Union where people are not happy due to lack of peace, we must work hard with the above four mindsets. My special thank goes to those who volunteered for this rally which bring pride to our country, democratic forces which have struggled for democracy amidst obstacles and challenges and the people who support us so that we would not deviate from our path to peace.
Let me conclude my message while urging the people to cooperate with us so that we can make our own history of efforts for peace of the Union with dignity and bravery to march towards our common goal of a Democratic Federal Republic while maintaining mutual friendship, mutual respect and mutual cooperation.

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