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Suu Kyi reaches out to rebels

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Yangon: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi today vowed to press for greater autonomy for the nation’s ethnic minorities, in an early move to soothe the rebellions roiling the country after her party’s ascent to power.

The country has been swept up in optimism for a more peaceful and prosperous future since the National League for Democracy (NLD) took power from the military on April 1.

But the democracy figurehead warned Myanmar’s prospects pivot on ending ethnic conflicts that have blistered the country since its independence in 1948.


To do so, the NLD government would seek “a real federal democratic union”, she said in a televised address marking Myanmar’s New Year.

“Peace and a federal democratic union are closely intertwined and that’s why we need to change the constitution. The most important thing is national reconciliation.”

They were Suu Kyi’s first major comments as “state counsellor” — a role she took on following the handover from an army that dominated the country for 50 years.(AFP)