A MASS rally took place in Chanmyathazi township of Mandalay on Friday in a display of support for the Union Peace Conference — 21st century Panglong Peace Conference, witnesses said.
U Thein Tan, former chairman of the Mandalay’s National League for Democracy, addressed the rally of over 500 activists, who called for an end to internal armed conflicts through closer cooperation and unity among national brethren.
Ko Thein Aung Myint, one of the organisers of the rally, expressed his high hope for ceasefire and peace, describing the peace conference as the lifeblood for the country.
General Aung San and national leaders gathered at Panglong Conference in 1947 for the restoration of independence from Britain, he said, adding that the army and ethnic leaders would come up with a resolution for ceasefire and peace through collective negotiation at Daw Aung San Suu Kyi-led Union Peace Conference.
The nine-day rally in support of the peace conference started on 31 July and will continue until Monday, with organisers saying that the event won permission from the regional government.
Aung Thant Khaing