ENC wants Suu Kyi to Serve as Cease-Fire Mediator
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August 3, 2011
Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi released an open letter on July 28 addressed to President Thein Sein, the Kachin Independence Organization, the Karen National Union, the New Mon State Party and the Shan State Army stating that she is prepared to “do everything in [her] power towards the cessation of armed conflicts and building peace in the Union.”
The Ethnic Nationalities Council (ENC) welcomes the prospect of a well-trusted individual mediating the case because if a mediator “who is trusted by the people, mediates between the two sides, it will be better.” ENC spokesperson said “Armed conflicts can never solve the problems. That’s why we have repeatedly urged the government to hold a dialogue to solve the problems.” With Suu Kyi willingness to step in and use mediation to help resolve the ethnic issues, hopefully the negotiations between the government and ethnic groups can move towards resolution.