August 19, 2016

100 DAYS OF FOCUS — Talks held over NLD’s 100-day period in Nay Pyi Taw

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A DEBATE to discuss what issues President U Htin Kyaw’s administration should give priority to during his first 100-day period was held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
The debate was organised by the Democratic Voice of Burma-DVB with U Zaw Htay alias Hmu Zaw, deputy director-general of the president’s office, Dr Yan Myo Thein, a political analyst, U Oo Hla Saw, a Pyithu Hluttaw representative from the Rakhine National Party and U Jimmy from the 88 Generation Students and Open Society participating in the talks.
Although NLD was invited it did not send any representative to the debate.
“As state institutions are not very strong we find it difficult to make up our minds about what the NLD government can do in just 100 days,” said U Zaw Htay
“The NLD administration looks worried. In fact, the
regional and state governments should already have strategic plans for the first 100 days. But now, we aren’t seeing much planning,” remarked Dr Yan Myo Thein.
“The NLD regime needs to build a culture under which it should meet the indigenous political parties for discussion of important matters. Such a culture is in need of being established,” noted U Oo Hla Saw. He went on to say, “The army and the ethnic armed groups are going into battle which cause casualities. But they are also discussing the ceasefire and holding peace talks. Such a culture is required on the part of NLD administration and the ethnic parties.”
Regarding the Myitson Dam, U Mya Aye from the 88 Generation and Open Society said, “The new regime should continue to suspend the construction of Myitson Dam. They should also declare general amnesty and invite those armed groups that haven’t signed the peace accord to come to the table.”
He continued, “Peace and political prisoner issues deserve priority on the part of the new administration.”




Thein Ko Lwin


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