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November 20, 2018

We must work deligently to achieve peace

It has been more than two years since the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement was signed between the Union Government and armed ethnic groups. The aim of the agreement was to build a lasting peace by finding an answer to political problems through peaceful political dialogue, without needing the military to intervene to end the armed conflicts that have erupted in the Union since we regained independence.
The objective of establishing the Union was to create harmony after Bogyoke Aung San and ethnic leaders signed the Panglong Agreement on 12 February, 1947, as part of creating a Union in which there is mutual respect and recognition among all ethnic natives, and where democracy, equality and self-determination are guaranteed.
After the Panglong Agreement was signed, calling upon all ethnic peoples of the Union to live in harmony and peace, the country restored its independence and established the Union. Sadly, the country has seen internal armed conflicts.
Conflicts rising from a lack of development have resulted in the destruction of the peace. Because if there was no peace, there would be no development. These two, peace and development, need to be seen and understood together, as both can not be performed separately. Both need to be carried out together.
Today, the Union Government has chosen the path of seeking solutions through negotiations and political dialogue; the various steps of the peace process and the Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong are being carried out.
The peace process is the best means to end internal strife. The joint implementation of the NCA on equal terms within the NCA framework is the only way to solve political problems through political means.
The New Mon State Party (NMSP) and the Lahu Democratic Union (LDU) sign the NCA today in Nay Pyi Taw, bringing the total number of signatories to 10, and allowing them to participate in the upcoming 21st Century Panglong-Union Peace Conference.
We thanked ethnic Mon and Lahu peoples for helping to create peace in the union, and development based on peace. What we are doing today for peace is not for ourselves, but we are taking new steps for future generations.
We would like to urge Non-signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement to sign the agreement in order to solve the political problems at the Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong.
Peace is sine qua non for development of our country, and so we must work deligently to achieve peace.

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