The people of Myanmar should learn from the political unrest in Thailand that conflict can be resolved through negotiation, National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said on December 9.
“We want the best for our country and choose the peaceful way through all-inclusive negotiations,” Daw Aung San SuuKyi said at Yangon International Airport before leaving for Qatar.
Her comment was echoed by political analyst U Kyaw Lin Oo who said Myanmar could learn from the situation in Thailand that confrontation can be averted by negotiation and compromise.
“Pre-emptive action, such as cooperation among ourselves to find a political solution, will ensure we do not encounter a similar situation in Myanmar,” U Kyaw Lin Oo said.
Referring to the differing opinions among political groups in Myanmar over the issue of amending the constitution, he said all stakeholders should negotiate and be prepared to compromise to reach an acceptable solution “before tensions rise”.
Following weeks of anti-government protests in Bangkok, Prime Minister YingluckShinawatra announced on December 9 that she was dissolving parliament ahead of a general election on February 2.
Another political analyst, Dr Yan Myo Thein, said praised the Thai premier’s decision to call for fresh elections despite the governing Pheu Thai Party having a clear majority in parliament.
“This is an exemplary decision and Myanmar should learn from it,” Dr Yan Myo Thein said.