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Mrs. Suu Kyi said she wouldn’t “disinherit or disown” militant groups based along Myanmar’s borders in Thailand and Bangladesh “because we share the same goals” of creating a proper democracy that respects minority rights in Myanmar. Nor, she said, could she promise them that such goals could be achieved without violent rebellion — but they had both a moral and practical obligation to try.

She said her National League for Democracy could “not let go of our conviction that change could be brought about through peaceful means, and in the long run that would be better.

“The wounds that are opened up by violent conflict take a long time to heal,” she said. “And while the peaceful way might take longer, in the end there are fewer wounds to be healed.”

Shawn Pogatchnik reported from Dublin.