August 19, 2016

A dilemma of peace

Military MPs justify continued conflict with AA

Union Minister for Defense Lt-Gen Sein Win. Photo: MNA
Union Minister for Defense Lt-Gen Sein Win. Photo: MNA

THE Amyotha Hluttaw session continued for its 19th day with representatives discussing an urgent motion calling for an end to fighting in Rakhine State and for bringing the Arakan armed group into political talks.
Union Minister for Defense Lt-Gen Sein Win said the anti-war protests and the submission of the urgent motion during the administration of President U Htin Kyaw present a political dilemma for the government as the AA “began attacks” in 2015.
The Union minister called on the AA to end its armed struggle and cooperate with the government elected by the
He also said the AA opposes Myanmar’s democratic system as it is attacking the state that consists of executive, legislative and judicial pillars and the Tatmadaw, which is “safeguarding the country against all internal and external dangers in accordance with Article 339 of the constitution”.
Military-appointed MP Lt-Col Ye Naing said the AA attacked the Tatmadaw’s military columns in alliance with the Kachin Independence Army in 2012-2013 and joined the TNLA and MNDAA in attacking the government’s administrative mechanism in the Laukkai region in 2015.
“The armed groups it joined are organisations breaching the existing laws by fighting against the government and Tatmadaw troops following a peace invitation on 18 August 2011,” the military MP said.
Col Than Htaik, another military MP, stressed the need for “goodwill to achieve peace and prosperity by the entire people with Union spirit”.
“Only with everyone’s cooperation will the nation build a peaceful Union,” he added.
MP  U Min Oo of Bago Region Constituency 6 said the proposal should be documented as it needs serious consideration by all members of parliament in order to reach an agreement within a pragmatic framework.
Next, the Amyotha Hluttaw documented the proposal by a 195-6 vote.
During a question-and-answer session, U Soe Win of Rakhine State Constituency 12 asked Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr Aung Thu about the forced eviction of more than 8,000 households in Hlegu Township by the ministry and whether there is a plan to compensate and rehabilitate the victims.
The Union minister said the ministry evicted the squatters with the help of the Yangon Region government in accordance with “rules and regulations and procedures”.
“No compensation or accommodation will be given to squatters,” said the Union minister, adding that only 1,280 houses were emptied, according to a list made by the Yangon North District General Administration Department before the removal procedures began.
Next, U Sai Tun Aung of Shan State Constituency 2, who is also a member of the Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee, read out a report on the bill to revoke the 1974 People’s Council Law.
Then, U Aung Kyi Nyunt of Magwe Region Constituency 4 submitted a motion regarding a bill to revoke duties and powers of people’s councils and executive committees of various levels.—Myanmar News Agency


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