Peace in 2017: State Counsellor

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State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi plants an olive tree in front of the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Nay Pyi Taw.Photo: Aung Shine Oo

The National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Nay Pyi Taw opened in Nay Pyi Taw on the first day of the New Year, with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi expressing her commitment to achieving lasting peace for the country this year.
“The reason why we opened the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre on New Year’s Day is that we wish our peace-making efforts to meet with success this year,” said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in her opening address.
“From this building, we will face the challenge of bringing the country on the right path to the goal of peace, and with the help of the people and our good friends in the world who have a genuine “cetana” (good will) towards our country, we will strive for national reconciliation and peace in the country,” she said.
She also called for cooperation of the people from all strata of the country in the peace-making processes.
In her speech, the State Counsellor also highlighted the importance of giving rather than taking in making efforts for peace.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi stressed the need to have honesty and openness in order to build trust, which is the most important factor for achieving peace.
In retrospect, she said Myanmar has not achieved peace in nearly 70 years since its independence in 1948 due to anger and greed.
“The country would see peace if these two evils are eliminated or dramatically decreased,” she said.
As a New Year Day’s wish, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has called for all the people of the country to march with purity of mind towards national reconciliation and peace as from this New Year day.
To mark the opening of the Centre, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi planted an olive tree in front of the building. — Myanmar News Agency

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