Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Makes Bold Statement for Peace and Reconciliation in Burma
In a video presentation released on Saturday, March 3, Burmese democratic opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi spoke out boldly for peace and reconciliation in Burma, and around the world.
Her remarks came at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, an annual program of the Norwegian Nobel Institute which was hosted this year by Augsburg College in partnership with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
She commented on the theme of this year’s conference, the “Price of Peace,” declaring that, “if we are to achieve peace we have to understand that there has to be give and take. We have to understand that we cannot get everything we want. Our personal private wants must give way to the great need of peace.” She went on to emphasize the imperative of peace and reconciliation among all ethnic groups in Burma. She said, “We are a union. We want to be union. A true union of hearts and minds and spirit.” She said, “We have to try to build a future that is firmly founded on mutual respect, mutual understanding and a commitment to the idea of solidarity and union.”
According to Eric Schwartz, dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s comments represented a clear and unequivocal signal that democracy in Burma, a multiethnic country, must include recognition of the rights and aspirations of all the people of the country and its many ethnic groups. Moreover, while much of her remarks focused on Burma, her message of peace is not something only for Burma, but for peoples and countries around the world.”