Speech by Hon. Sujata Koirala at “Experience sharing with the Architects of Nepalese Peace Process” with delegates from Myanmar

Chair of this Session

Honorable Chief Guest Prime Minister of Nepal

Leaders from different political Parties

Lt.Gen from Myanmar Army (TATMADAW)

Ministers and Member of Parliaments

Secretary of Peace Commission, Myanmar

Rep..Center for Humanitarian Dialogue

Academicians, Ladies and Gentleman,

I am pleased and honored at this opportunity to be with you. I am particularly pleased to be speaking with the issues of Comprehensive Peace “Experience sharing with the Architects of Nepalese Peace Process” with Myanmar Peace Delegation jointly organized by Center of Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD) and the Institute of Crisis Management Studies (ICMS). I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organizers providing me opportunity to attend the international seminar on peace process.

As all of us aware that an insurgency-10 years of civil war in Nepal, between Maoist and government forces witnessed the pain is not worth it. Many of Nepalese citizens have been killed and property has been destroyed in chaos situation. Most negative feature has to deal with social costs.

We both country experienced that violence conflict is inherently divisive. It did set in our society such as person against person and group against group in ways that destroyed our peacefully organized social life. That is our lesson learned.

I am here to renew the Nepal Congress Party’s commitment to the peace and prosperity its principles and also share our some of memory on it. Today such commitment is urgent because of the increasing turmoil—economic, social, political and humanitarian which is evident all around the world and that threatens the very principles of our commitment is to protect. Nepal, we are a land of nearly 3 million people struggling not so much to deal with the challenges and obligations of globalization but protect the basic rights, consensus among the people on the constitution that the government has been working together with all stakeholders.

As you all know that in Nepal a peace accord in 2006 led to the new constitution came into effect in September 2015. Since its establishment of constitution, our coalition government made significant contributions in terms of raising awareness and promoting the importance of social justice, freedom and democratic principles. We all know however that with progress we are also confronted by new challenges, as so clearly evidenced by increasing global political and economic instability. Our dedication to the principles of the human rights must be constant and constantly renewed.

As Nepal, Myanmar, and other developing countries and their innocent citizens are particularly at risk in an unstable global environment. This is in part due to the fact that developing countries’ views and needs are still underrepresented and unsolicited when it comes to managing world affairs. It is increasingly important that developing countries like Nepal and Myanmar not just join international organizations to ensure our voices are heard but that become active participants in organizations like the International peace forum to ensure that our needs, ideas and experiences are shared and contribute to solutions for both our domestic and global issues.

Let me take this opportunity to discuss my late father and former Prime Minister of Nepal who played a vital role in ushering in democracy in Nepal and provide leadership at his critical time for the country in order to restore, strengthen and sustain the peace. He has provided Nepali people a lot of hope because of his deep involvement in the peace process that ended the war in Nepal. He always believed and said “It is time for developing countries to stop waiting for external assistance to help us solve our problems. “If we are to be effective contributors to international bodies, we first have to employ the principles of democratic socialism to mobilize our own citizens and to face our own homegrown challenges”.

He also said “To join together in democratic exercise to find a way forward using constitutional means”—he believed strongly that the only legitimate way to solve the country’s problems is through Parliament and through adherence to the democratic constitution. It is clear that even in the most troubled times—especially in the most troubled times—we need to adhere to humanity principles and procedures with emphasize on justice and re-conciliation.

In conclusion, I would like to take the opportunity to thank organizers for enabling us to share our commitment to peace, prosperity and solidarity for our democratic principle. Our participation at this seminar is evidence of our continued commitment and desire to actively contribute to achievement of the comprehensive peace’ objectives and its goals.

This is a great gathering of leaders from Myanmar at a political level, so as we learn from the past, it is my great pleasure to be here today who share a common desire to see our two great nations sharing on lesson learned and best practices from our unique conflict and peace building process. Nepal and Myanmar enjoy a longstanding and successful partnership. It is a partnership built on those cultural and personal ties. People to people ties! Family to family ties! Government to government ties and on the complementarily of our mutual cooperation!

I remember seven years back as a capacity of Foreign Minister, I visited Myanmar and soon after that Foreign Minister from Myanmar visited Nepal. This was another milestone strengthening our ongoing bilateral relations.

Hon. Prime Minister, Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank you very much for your attention and wish to our friends from Myanmar and other part of world pleasant stay in Nepal. Thank you!

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