No dialogue, no peace

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A CONFLICT is, to a great extent, an unscrupulous duel in which two powerful opposing sides are stuck, a foreign journalist once remarked in his news report. The future stability of our country rests solely on the willingness of the conflicting sides to bring about changes for the betterment of the country through dialogue, which Daw Aung San Suu Kyi described 20 years ago as a key to a happy resolution of the long-festering problems.
With the dramatic changes in democratic reform progressing alongside the emergence of a civilian government, our country’s potential to rise above its humble status in the international community is beyond question. Despite this, we all need to be well aware of malicious plots to hinder the efforts to bring together all ethnic groups to the negotiating table. Some people exploit social media to spread hate speech with the intention of orchestrating communal violence and unrest.
It is absolutely vital for all the ethnic groups to remain united and determined to continue to work harder together by taking on the mantle of our forefathers, who held a particular vision in mind: to work together for the betterment of the people and the country as a whole. Therefore, discussions and negotiations among stakeholders must accommodate the needs of innocent victims in conflict-affected areas.
For peace and reconciliation to become a reality, negotiation—to seek a compromise rather than a perfect solution—must be unconditional. Sometimes, there is a notion that might is just intolerance in disguise.

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