Rule of law the key to domestic peace: Suu Kyi

Rule of law the key to domestic peace: Suu Kyi

HLAINGBWE- Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says that rule of law is needed to achieve domestic peace in Myanmar.

Speaking at a public meeting held on Sunday in Katpali village of Hlaingbwe Township, Kayin State, Suu Kyi highlighted issues such as constitutional amendments and the Myitsone dam project.

She said that the National League for Democracy had contested the 2012 by-election with the aim of working to amend the Constitution, as well as achieve internal peace and the rule of law in the country. She added that her party has been demanding amendments to the undemocratic constitution since its creation in 2008.

"The importance of these three issues for our people is very simple to understand. Some have asked me: 'Isn't the national peace issue more important than the others?' But if there is no rule of law in the country, our people will never have their rights fully protected under the law," said Suu Kyi.

"That's why I put the rule of law issue before the others. If the courts and authorities are untrustworthy and unfair to the people, then internal peace will never be established."

The NLD chair added that the constitutional amendment is more important than her becoming president, as it should be prioritized for achieving national peace and ethnic reconciliation.

She said she would rely on the people to determine the outcome of the issue, as the people's support is needed for every proposed change to find success in a country.

"I wish the army would also collaborate on this issue, like the people do, as it's a very important issue for the country," concluded Suu Kyi.

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