Myanmar's democratization requires hard work and commitment

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Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says that sustaining  the ongoing reform process in the country is a collective responsibility of the people, government, political leaders and the military.

Speaking in Geneva Ms. Suu Kyi said she holds no bitterness against Myanmar's military rulers for keeping her under house arrest for over 22 years.

She said the military honour and respect is earned from protecting and defending the people as opposed to ruling them.

Ms. Suu Kyi said past crimes committed in the country must be dealt with but in a manner that promotes reconciliation and not retribution.

She said respect for the rule of law is key to ending ethnic conflict that is taking place in parts of western Myanmar.

"The only insurance not assurance we have against any kind of reversal is hard work and total commitment. We all have to be committed to this process of democratization. The peoples of Burma, different political parties the government and the military. I do not think we should let this process he hurt by the lifting of sanctions. This is why I have called for responsible democracy friendly investment. Any investment that comes in because of the lifting or suspension of sanctions should add to the democratic process rather than subtract from it. We have said again and again, my party the National League for Democracy, that rule of law is essential if we are to put an end to all conflict within the country. Everybody must have access to the protection of the law and of course they also have a duty to abide by the laws of the land." (Duration: 53")

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