Aung San Suu Kyi, the Myanmar opposition leader and Nobel laureate, said her country’s national reconciliation won’t be helped by singling out groups such as the Muslim minority and Kachin rebels as special cases.
Asked at a Berlin news conference about ethnic conflicts involving those groups, Suu Kyi said she hasn’t cited “any ethnic or communal group because there are many ethnic groups that are still working toward a peace process.”
“There seems to be a desire to hear condemnation of one group or the other,” while “reconciliation is based on trying to find common ground,” she said during a visit to Germany that included a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Suu Kyi has toured the world since joining Myanmar’s parliament last April, including a trip to Europe to collect the Nobel Peace Prize that she won in 1991. She spent 15 years under house arrest by Myanmar’s former military junta before becoming a politician heading the opposition National League for Democracy,
“It does disturb me that a lot of attention of the international community is concentrated just on one or two issues,” she added, referring to the rebels and the Rohingyas, who have suffered violence blamed on Myanmar’s Buddhist majority.
Merkel hosted Suu Kyi at the chancellor’s office on April 10, saying she showed “courage matched by few in the world to stand up and fight for freedom, democracy and the observance of human rights.” U.S. President Barack Obama hailed her “unbreakable courage and determination” during a visit to her home in November.