Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said there must be trust between conflicting groups in the country before there can be full peace.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate — officially called Myanmar's state counsellor — was speaking to an invited audience of Thai students Friday, the second day of a three-day visit to Thailand.

Suu Kyi said her government was working "to turn conflict into friendship, to turn conflict into mutual trust and understanding."

Myanmar is still troubled with conflict in its remoter areas among ethnic armed groups fighting the army for greater autonomy.

Her government is trying to bring the parties together for all-inclusive peace talks toward a permanent settlement, but decades of warfare and distrust make that difficult.