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August 10, 2018

Norwegian FM meets armed ethnic organizations, CSOs in Bago

Norwegian Foreign Minister Mr Borge Brende, Union Minister U Aung Min and Chairman Saw Mutu Sae Po of KNU at a meeting.—mna
Norwegian Foreign Minister Mr Borge Brende, Union Minister U Aung Min and Chairman Saw Mutu Sae Po of KNU at a meeting.—MNA

Bago, 30 Nov — Norwegian Foreign Minister Mr Borge Brende, Union Minister at the President Office U Aung Min, ministers of Bago Region Government, armed ethnic organizations and civil society organizations met at Hantha Garden Hotel in Bago on Sunday morning and held discussions on assistance of Norway for the peace process.
Also present at the meeting were responsible people from Myanmar Peace Centre, Kayin National Union, Kayin National Progressive Party, New Mon State Party and Mon Women Organization.
The meeting focused on assistance for IDPs, success of the pilot project to issue registration cards for IDPs in Bago Region and assistance for the peace process.
At the meeting, Union Minister U Aung Min said Norway helps Myanmar implement democratization process and peace-making process. The international community is worried that the peace process could not be finalized during the handover of power between governments and it is important to maintain peace on the ground while negotiations are held on the table, reiterating that the government is taking various measures to restore peace in Myanmar.
The Norwegian foreign minister expressed his view that it will take a long time for Myanmar to restore inclusive peace and Norwegian assistance will contribute to the peace building process, promising that Norway will stand as a friend of Myanmar in the long run.
After the first agenda of the meeting, the union minister and the Norwegian foreign minister responded to queries raised by the local and foreign media. The Norwegian foreign minister held discussions with leaders of ethnic armed organizations and civil society organizations separately.

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