New Delhi (Mizzima) – Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has held up her country’s democratic experience as a guiding light for Burma’s military regime, urging Burma’s generals to adopt a similar approach to that of her administration in matters related to political reform and the strengthening of national unity and reconciliation.
In a statement released today by the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs, Arroyo is quoted as saying, “Like Myanmar, the Philippines has over a hundred ethnic groups and a variety of political persuasions, but rather than impair the vibrancy of our country’s democracy these have only served to strengthen it.”
According to Burma’s military government, the country is home to 135 distinct ethnic groups.
Arroyo, speaking of her administration’s actions directed at brining all Filipino citizens into the national political fold, added, “I have reached out to them [ethnic groups] in the spirit of reconciliation and national unity, which has enabled our society and political system to move forward without giving undue importance to their political mystique.”
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