Suu Kyi says peace process is government's priority

Myanmar’s future leader Aung San Suu Kyi says country’s peace process will be issue of urgency for her government

Photo by: Reuters
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Myanmar’s future leader Aung San Suu Kyi says the country’s peace process will be the urgency issue of her government

Aung San Suu Kyi, the future leader of Myanmar who will take power later this year, said on Monday that the country's peace process will be the urgency element of her government.

Myanmar experienced its first free nationwide election in 25 years on 8, November, 2015 which opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi won, paving the way for her return to the Maynmar parliament.

"The peace process is the first thing the new government will work on. We will try for the all inclusive ceasefire agreement," Suu Kyi said in a speech to mark Independence Day at the headquarters of her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Yangon, reported Reuters as official.

"We can do nothing without peace in our country."

The country has struggled for years to bring a multitude of ethnic minority guerrilla groups fighting for greater autonomy under control.

The country signed a ceasefire in October with several ethnic rebel groups after more than two years of negotiations aimed at bringing an end to long standing conflicts in the country.

President Thein Sein called the ceasefire a “historic gift” to future generations, saying, “This is our heritage. The road to future peace in Myanmar is now open."

Suu Kyi did not attend the signing ceremony of the ceasefire in October.

Her party, the NLD, will take power in March 2016. However, the army will still remain a powerful political actor in the country.

TRTWorld and agencies