Unfair to condemn Suu Kyi for mess she didn’t cause

your say March 21, 2017 01:00

Re: “Shame the Nobel Foundation can’t take back Suu’s prize”, Letters, March 20.

Democracy, peace, and stability cannot be established in Myanmar at the push of a button. There have been decades of repression and deep-seated conflicts which will require time to resolve. Now there is still fighting in the north of the country, in the Shan and Kachin states, which goes largely unreported.

It is easy to make calls from the comfort of an armchair, but to engage in a political process requires difficult decisions, patience and compromise. I am sure in the current world political climate there are those who would be happy to see Barack Obama stripped of his Nobel Prize, but we will have to await the judgement of history to see whether these prizes are truly merited.

I am surprised Mr Brown in his letter is not quick to blame the divide-and-rule policy of the British Empire for Myanmar’s current problems. It seems the ghosts have not been laid to rest from the first Panglong Conference in 1947.

Ian Martin