Myanmar's foreign minister Aung San Suu Kyi tells the United Nations General Assembly that her country is on the path to peace and reconciliation after last year's successful election. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: The foreign minister of Myanmar assured member-states at the United Nations that her country was on the path to peace and reconciliation on Wednesday (September 21). Speaking on the second day of the opening debate for the 71st General Assembly, Aung San Suu Kyi described her National League for Democracy party's victory last December in the first openly contested election in 25 years as providing a mandate for progress. "When our people cast the overwhelming majority of their votes in favor of the National League for Democracy during the elections last November, they were demonstrating their support not just for a political party but for a political culture founded on a belief in their right, and their capacity, to fashion the future of their country in the shape of their dreams and aspirations," said the Nobel Peace Prize winner. "Peace and national reconciliation are prerequisites for the successful implementation of policies and programs aimed at fulfilling the social and economic needs of our people," she added. "National reconciliation, job creation and preservation of natural resources, capacity building and creating opportunities for the young are the key objectives of our people-centered and inclusive policy." Suu Kyi, who spent 15 years under house arrest by the ruling military junta, finished her speech with a call to member-nations to work towards a better world. "I would like to call on all to help us in making this world truly a better place for us to live in for our grandchildren and great, great-grandchildren to live in. And where, but in this gathering of nations can I make such an appeal," she said. "I appeal to you that we all stand up against anger and hatred, against fear and ignorance and find a way to a better world through our capacity for compassion, for love and kindness and for the ability to be happy in the good fortune of others."