August 20, 2016

LAYING THE FOUNDATION —President says peace will strengthen new democracy

President U Thein Sein and Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham shake hands with representatives of ethnic armed groups.
President U Thein Sein and Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham shake hands with representatives of ethnic armed groups.

The final framework for political dialogue was submitted to President U Thein Sein at the Myanmar International Convention Centre in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
In his speech, the president spoke of his government’s commitment to ending 60 years of internal armed conflict, stressing that the restoration of peace will provide a solid foundation for a democratic system.
Face-to-face discussions and negotiations erased doubts among the parties involved in the peace talks, further fortifying mutual understanding. The president attributed the armed conflict to differences in political approaches, conceding that the warring parties share the same patriotism.
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw unanimously approved the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), which the president called a product of mutual trust, adding that the ceasefire agreement is more of a political assurance than a truce.
He pointed out the need to find solutions to armed conflict through political dialogue and make combined efforts to rebuild the Union into a democracy in line with the outcomes of the political dialogue.“The onus is on all of us to build a dream Union and bequeath a better legacy to future generations,” the president said.
“The people have undergone the painful days of armed conflict and political disagreement, missing good opportunities to put us on a par with the international community,” the president said.
He urged all stakeholders to make strong commitments to root out armed conflict and political disagreement while helping the people get rid of their emotional stress.
According to the president, the Union Peace Conference is expected to start in the first week of January.
Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham also spoke at the event, serving as chairman of the Union Political Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC).
As mentioned in the NCA, the nine-chapter framework was finalised sixty days after the signing of the NCA by eight ethnic armed organisations on 15 October, according to the vice president.
He attributed the successful implementation of the political dialogue framework to the stakeholders’ genuine and solemn interest in the peace process.
He said that the NCA requires the Union Peace Conference to be held within 90 days of the October signing.
Union Minister U Aung Min, representing the government, along with Pado Saw Kwel Htoo Win representing the ethnic armed organisations and U Thu Wei representing the political parties, handed over the framework agreement to the president.


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