Icon of democracy in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, said on Tuesday at the opening of a peace conference that more rebel groups should take part in negotiations to end a decade long insurgency in the country.
Suu Kyi attended a second meeting calling for a ceasefire to restore peace on Tuesday, along with hundreds of representatives of rebel groups, the military and members of parliament.
"Based on the mandate, it is right to do what the people want us to do. We are ready to take the responsibility of building peace forever in the country. I hope everyone will help us," Suu Kyi told the audience.
The government of Myanmar’s current president, Thein Sein, signed a ceasefire agreement in October. However, seven of 15 rebel groups called to participate declined to sign the agreement.
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"We need to work for all the ethnic armed groups to be participate in the NCA," Suu Kyi said, referring to the nationwide ceasefire agreement.
"It is important not to have conflicts between the ethnic armed groups which have signed the NCA and the groups which are still not involved in the agreement."
Ethnic minority guerrillas have been fighting in Myanmar since the country gained independence from Britain in 1948.