Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon has called for a united and peaceful nation through dialogue as decades-long civil wars continue to rage in Myanmar. Source: UCA News.
“There is no other path than dialogue. Dialogue flows from open hearts and minds, from that passion for truth without which society disintegrates,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Economic and political federalism are now possible in the union of Myanmar, he said.
“We salute and thank all who lead us on this path through respectful dialogue and the persuasive power of negotiation.”
Cardinal Bo, who is the patron of Religions for Peace-Myanmar, has elaborated on the vision of the eight martyrs, including General Aung San, who dreamed of “a new, united nation” after the wreckage of invasion and colonialism.
“Their vision was to build on the fertile, life-giving differences among us, and so shape a proud, united people,” the cardinal said, adding “we honour their sacrifice by humbly committing to union as a nation.”
The 72-year-old cardinal said the cruel assassination of the martyrs 73 years ago marked the beginning of decades of divisions, conflict and darkness for Myanmar’s people – the very opposite of their lofty vision.
“That act of treachery began a merciless epoch with brothers and sisters pitted against one another needlessly,” he noted.
Cardinal Bo’s appeal comes as Myanmar prepares to hold the fourth session of a peace conference in Naypyitaw, its remote capital city, from August 19 to 21. It’s the last round of peace talks under Aung San Suu Kyi’s government before the country’s November 8 elections.
Cardinal Bo calls for 'unity, dialogue' ahead of peace talks (By John Zaw, UCA News)