- Title: Myanmar's Suu Kyi asks villagers to contribute to peace process
- Date: 7th August 2017
- Summary: MANDALAY REGION, MYANMAR (AUGUST 7, 2017) (REUTERS) MYANMAR'S STATE COUNSELLOR AUNG SAN SUU KYI'S CONVOY ARRIVING SUU KYI WAVING FROM CAR WINDOW SUU KYI GETTING OUT OF CAR VARIOUS OF SUU KYI WALKING PEOPLE WAITING FOR SUU KYI, TAKING PICTURES WITH MOBILE PHONES SUU KYI WALKING ONTO STAGE SUU KYI SITTING, TALKING (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) MYANMAR'S STATE COUNSELLOR, AUNG SAN SUU KYI, SAYING: "A country without peace is like a person who has a heart problem because peace is related to the heart. We don't have peace in our country because there is no mutual trust and love when there are conflicts among our citizens or ethnic groups. That's why we can say that it is the same as a heart problem." MEDIA FILMING (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) MYANMAR STATE COUNSELLOR, AUNG SAN SUU KYI, SAYING: "I would like to say that only wanting to know what is happening (in the country) is not enough. I would like to say that if you know what is happening, then please consider which way you can contribute. As I told you earlier, our country will succeed when everyone puts their efforts in together." VARIOUS OF SUU KYI AND VILLAGERS POSING FOR PHOTO ON STAGE (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) VILLAGER FROM MEIKTILA, POE TI, SAYING: "I think Mother Suu will successfully bring peace to the country. I hope we will get peace too." SUU KYI RECEIVING GIFTS FROM ELDER VARIOUS OF SUU KYI TALKING TO ELDERS
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- Keywords: Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi Myanmar's peace process Suu Kyi peace process
- Location: MANDALAY REGION, MYANMAR
- City: MANDALAY REGION, MYANMAR
- Country: Myanmar
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016T5Q3B9
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Myanmar's State Counsellor and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi visited villagers in the central Mandalay Region on Monday (August 7) to talk to the people about her peace process efforts and round up support.
Suu Kyi, whose status as darling of the West has been tarnished over allegations of atrocities by security forces against the Rohingya Muslim minority, emphasized the importance of achieving a nationwide peace, adding that the country lacks currently "mutual trust" among its citizens and different ethnic groups.
She encouraged her audience to consider ways in which they could actively "contribute" to the peace process, and that just listening to the news to stay updated was "not enough".
Ending decades of near-perpetual civil war between the country's myriad ethnic groups and the military is Suu Kyi's stated No. 1 priority - a goal she sees as key to unlocking the resource-rich country's potential and guaranteeing basic development for its more than 50 million people.
Several conflicts have reignited since Suu Kyi took office, displacing an estimated 160,000 more people, according to U.N. data. Muslim-majority Northern Rakhine was plunged into violence last October when Rohingya insurgents killed nine police in coordinated attacks on border guard posts.
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