AT THE UN: Myanmar’s first civilian leader to address Assembly in 50 years cites UN as inspiration

[Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak] Address by Her Excellency Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
[Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak]
Address by Her Excellency Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

21 September 2016 – Mounting the podium of the General Assembly as the representative of Myanmar’s first civilian Government in over 50 years, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said today that the same spirit and goals that inspired the founding of the United Nations 70 years ago inform the country’s new administration.

“The strength of this Organization lies in its universality and legitimacy, anchored in the Charter and in the fundamental principles of international law. For all its imperfections and limitations, the United Nations remains a receptacle of our hopes for a more peaceful and prosperous world, a kinder, more compassionate home for all mankind,” she told annual general debate on its second day.

She noted that Myanmar joined the UN as the newly independent Union of Burma in 1948, an “era of determined hope, when the peoples of the world rose out of the ravages of war to build anew their countries and their faith in the human capacity for achieving peace with equality, prosperity with justice.

“Now, once again, it is a time of determined hope for Myanmar,” she said, citing the overwhelming majority her National League for Democracy won in elections last November as voters demonstrated support for a political culture founded on a belief in their right to fashion the future of their country in the shape of their dreams and aspirations.

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SOURCE: UN News Wire Service

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