At 7th JICM in Nay Pyi Taw, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urges ‘discussions with confidence’
The Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong will be held in late April or early May, according to the 7th Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM) on the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
The decision was made at the meeting held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, which began with a greeting by State Counsellor
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
In her speech, the State Counsellor, in her capacity as the Chair of the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre, called on participants to dare to dream for a peaceful federal Union.
“I believe that those who are here don’t want their grandchildren to grow up in surroundings which are not at peace. So, to all those delegates who are here who have a strong desire for peace, nothing is better than peace. To build development, we need peace,” she said.
She also urged the participants of the meeting to take part in the discussions with confidence.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi also expressed her belief that it is not helpful to have doubts about building a federal union without taking part in the peace process and discussing a federal system that is suitable for Myanmar.
On behalf of the Union Government, the State Counsellor also encouraged negotiations between the Tatmadaw and the ethnic armed organizations, urging those who want to sit at the negotiation table to accept the invitation.
The State Counsellor has also urged peacemakers to seize the opportunity of gaining understanding among participants whenever a meeting ends and to make the best use of the understanding in building a democratic union. In conclusion, the Chairperson of the NRPC has called for collaborative efforts of all stakeholders for peace to overcome the challenges being faced by them as part of efforts for building a union through the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong.
Following the speech of the State Counsellor, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Vice-Senior General Soe Win welcomed the representatives of the New Mon State Party and the Lahu Democratic Union, two recent signatories of the NCA.
Regarding the sending of representatives to JICM, he suggested the ethnic armed organizations to send decision makers of the organizations to the JICM, a political meeting of the highest-level.
The JICM is held every three months and the sixth meeting was held on 27th November 2017.
He also called on all organizations to abide by the decisions made at the JICMs to speed up the peace process.
On behalf of the 10 ethnic armed organizations which have signed the NCA, U Khaing Soe Naing Aung, Vice Chairman of the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) pledged that all ethnic armed organizations are confident in bringing peace to the country, appreciating the step that was taken in 2010 for a nationwide ceasefire as part of efforts for solving the political problems in political ways.
He also stressed the importance of inclusiveness in making efforts for building a Democratic Federal Republic.