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Published on Saturday, 05 January 2013 11:14
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi makes a speech at party headquarters on 65th Independence Day(Photo-EMG)
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said that people could not enjoy genuine democracy if there was no mutual understanding in the community.
The chairperson of the National League for Democracy party spoke at a ceremony to commemorate the country’s 65th Independence Day on January 4 at the party headquarters in Yangon.
“We should contemplate on the word ‘independence’, which is different from ‘freedom’.
‘Independence’ connects with ‘self-assurance’ and ‘maturity’. Relying too much on others is not the political virtue of an independent state,” said Suu Kyi.
Regarding armed clashes in the country, she said, “The fundamental solution to solve the conflicts and to establish a democratic state is to have mutual respect for the different ideas of others.”
The ceremony was attended by party members, veteran politicians and some diplomats.
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, gained independence from Britain on January 4, 1948.