Aung San Suu Kyi

Suu Kyi willing to help ethnic peace process

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 February, 2013, 7:04pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 February, 2013, 7:12pm

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has offered to help negotiate an end to conflicts between the government and the country’s ethnic minority groups, a challenge the country’s president called essential to building democracy.

Suu Kyi made the offer in a videotaped speech on Tuesday to members of her National League for Democracy party on Union Day, which marks when her late father General Aung San signed a 1947 agreement with leaders of the country’s ethnic minorities to gain independence from Britain together.

Last week, the government and Kachin ethnic rebels held talks on ways to avoid military confrontations after battling almost daily since late December. Suu Kyi had drawn criticism from the Kachin for not pushing the government to end its attacks.