August 19, 2016

In pursuit of intergenerational justice

THIS TUESDAY was a day of political significance, one for which a monument should be erected to commemorate a key moment in the pursuit of peace in Myanmar. On 12 January 2016, the government, the Tatmadaw, the parliament, political parties and the indigenous armed organisations began discussing matters relating to national reconciliation on the largest scale yet since the signing of the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), which eight armed groups have signed.
It was an auspicious day not only for indigenous armed organisations but also for the entire nation. The Union Peace Conference (UPC) is expected to lay firm foundations for the restoration of eternal peace.
In his speech at the opening of the UPC, president U Thein Sein said: “This conference is not just a meeting to be held for just a short period. In fact, this is the commencement of the building of a democratic, federal union. The points under discussion and those representing various organisations are to be carried forward into an extended process of negotiating national reconciliation. Starting with this conference, matters relating to politics, social issues, economic issues, security, land policy and environmental policy will continue to be discussed within the political framework.”
It is undeniable that nations develop only in peaceful conditions; without peace and stability, development cannot be carried out. It is of the utmost importance to transfer long-lasting peace to future generations. Bloodshed and instability cannot be left unchecked. It is, therefore, needed to hand over a peaceful and developed nation to future generations for the sake of intergenerational justice.
The Global New Light of Myanmar would like to urge all stakeholders attending the Union Peace Conference to focus on common interests and negotiate with a win-win strategy in order to bring about peace and stability upon which future generations will build a modern, peaceful, developed nation.


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