National reconciliation to make step by step through negotiations: Suu Kyi

We must remove unelected representatives from legislatures and national reconciliation will make step by step through negotiations, said State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during a speech titled “Democratic Transition in Myanmar: Challenges and Way Forward” delivered at the 43rd Singapore Lecture held at Institute of South East Asia Studies (SEAS) on August 21.

She replied to a question raised by an attendee that he considered transition from military rule to democracy is not completed and would like to know how to deal with the situation.

“The constitution at present reserves 25% of seats in national and state legislatures for the military. We have only 75% of rights but 100% of the responsibilities and we have got to change that. We must remove unelected representatives from legislatures. This needed to be achieved through negotiations step by step, keeping in mind our needs for national reconciliation. Some parts of the constitution are not democratic and it concerns the power of the army. We will make negotiations to make amendment. We will use ways which cannot be hurt people. Our people were suffered much from the troubles and problems. We don’t want to encourage the kind of revolutions that turned the country upside down. We will be patient but we will be persistent,” she said.

A student pointed out there are many criticisms that the NLD government cannot control over the military and asked if there is likely to be another coup in Myanmar and she replied that the government is working together with generals and don’t need to be worried about another coup in Myanmar.

She added the 21st Century Panglong Conference was held for third time and we have important improvements after each of the conference. Serious challenges remain and armed conflicts continue to break out between the Tatmataw and the ethnic armed groups, as well as the ethnic armed groups themselves. We aim to resolve them through dialogue and negotiation, by preserving endeavour to build mutual trust and understanding.

She addressed the outside world can choose the issues on which they wish to focus and, after Rakhine, the one that is attracting most interest today is foreign direct investment. We want Myanmar to be business friendly, an environment where investors can be comfortable and secure and where their interests can merge harmoniously with our development aims. We prepared the Investment and Companies Laws to meet the nation interest and to have better economic practices. Myanmar’s economy is developed due to ASEAN community. We will have mutual benefits if we continue to cooperate.

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