Catholic Archdiocese of Yangon, Archbishop Cardinal Charles Bo said that the international community should recognize the significant breakthroughs achieved in resolving domestic conflicts while Myanmar was facing many challenges.
Archbishop of Yangon, Cardinal Charles Bo who is also the patron of Religion of Peace-Myanmar said, “Some cases and incidents in Myanmar are attracting the attention of countries in the world. The international community should recognize the significant breakthroughs achieved in resolving these internal conflicts.”
Archbishop of Yangon was speaking at the ‘Advisory Forum on National Reconciliation and Peace in Myanmar’ held on November 21 at MICC-2 in Naypyitaw.
Cardinal Charles Bo also said that their interfaith group fully supported the government’s endeavours for peace though other countries might have different opinions.
He further said that he wished conflicting and dividing groups and parties believed in achieving peace through negotiations and dialogues though there were some tensions and conflicts in some places on grounds of the country’s natural resources, culture and racial issues.
Women were crucial and playing a pivotal role in building peace and at the same time they became the victims of these conflicts, he added.
“Women should get involved in family-level, group-level and national-level. These women can bring long-lasting peace to this country,” Cardinal Charles Bo said.
He also said that the country was lucky for having such a person as Aung San Suu Kyi who could guide the future with good aspirations for the country and he also expressed his thanks for her leadership given to the country.
“Aung San Suu Kyi has withstood and endured through all great challenges in her entire life and she could prove her perseverance, zeal and mindfulness for getting great benefits for the people of Myanmar. She is now marching towards the goal of peace among the international community amid the great challenges,” he said.
At the Advisory Forum on National Reconciliation and Peace in Myanmar, the participants will discuss education, equal rights and responsibility for ethnic nationals and minorities, promoting the capacity of women, interacting with youths and protection of children and the various issues of Rakhine State including differences in identities.
Religions for Peace-Myanmar Chairman Myint Swe said that the resolutions passed in group discussions would be confirmed on November 22 and they would be announced at the end of the forum.
Chairman Myint Swe told media persons the objective the forum was, “State and CSOs tried hard in the peace process and development matters but hey have been stalled and deadlocked at the moment for various reasons. Now we try again to push forward these issues by approaching in a different perspective from the viewpoint of religions.”