Remove severe restrictions first to amend Myanmar charter: Suu Kyi

Yangon (Eleven Media/ANN) - Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi told at a conference on Friday that the severe restrictions that make the 2008 Constitution unchangeable must be removed before any constitutional amendment could take place.

"A foreign expert said Myanmar's constitution is the most difficult to amend. So, those which are restricted severely must be changed first to amend it," Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy, said after a three-day workshop on the constitutional reform in Yangon.

Nobel laureate appreciated the public interest in the issue, saying this is a positive sign of the reform process towards democracy. She however noted, "I'd like to say that we are not to seek problems but solutions. While approaching to a problem, we must have right attitude to find the solution."

Suu Kyi told Eleven Media that "During the three days, we discussed whether it's better to draw up the new constitution or to make amendments at some sections [of the current constitution]. However, we need to be practical. Of course, we want to change it. But, we need to think if it will be possible to amend one most important section after another. What we want and what is feasible must be considered clearly. I believe we have to start with what is possible to achieve what we want totally."

As a parliamentarian, Suu Kyi said she is pleased with the conduct of Myanmar parliament, and she never made any discrimination against any political party so as to work together for the public interests.

For internal peace in the country, she noted that it is not enough just to carry out ceasefire, but it is required to practically tackle the issues to maintain peace and stability in the long run.

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