YANGON, April 27 -- The Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence that were initially advocated by China, India and Myanmar are important norms of international relations and should be adhered to by the international community, a retired Burmese ambassador said.
The Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, advocated by the three countries' prime ministers -- Zhou Enlai (China), U Nu (Myanmar) and Jawaharlal Nehru (India), were accepted at Bandung Conference and remain alive today, said U Sein Win Aung in a recent interview with Xinhua, who is also chairman of the Myanmar-China Friendship Association.
The Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence are mutual respect for each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non-aggression, mutual non-interference in each other's internal affairs, equality and cooperation for mutual benefit and peaceful co-existence.
The aims of setting aside those principles are to resolve conflicts and clashes, which still emerge after the end of the WWII, and they exert positive influence over the international relations, he said.
He said that this year is the 60th anniversary of the issuance of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence and Myanmar is proud of firstly advocating for the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.
He urged the international community to carry on with and enrich those principles.
"By sticking to the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, we are able to promote peace and development," he pointed out.
In 1954, the prime ministers of China and India issued a joint declaration to officially designate the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence as guidelines for bilateral relations. These principles have been widely recognized as basic norms of international relations over the past six decades.