December 15, 2016

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Peace central to development in Myanmar

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi addresses the meeting of Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee, urging efforts towards an eternal peace in Myanmar. Photo: Aung Shine Oo
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi addresses the meeting of Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee, urging efforts towards an eternal peace in Myanmar. Photo: Aung Shine Oo

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urged efforts towards a lasting peace in Myanmar, highlighting the importance of peace in the development of the country at a meeting of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
Only when peace is achieved will all people be peaceful and happy, said the State Counsellor who is also the chair of the UPDJC, pointing out that it is impossible to keep the country’s economy stable without peace, and there is even danger of economic  collapse if peace is impossible.
The State Counsellor stressed the need for finding common ground on the political landscape to build a genuine Union and highlighted the importance of the consent of all ethnic minorities while building the future.
Although it is impossible to achieve a 100 percent agreement, it is required to negotiate different views to achieve positive results, said the State Counsellor, adding that dialogue should be used for the sake of all.
Next, Union Minister U Kyaw Tint Swe, vice-chairman (1) of the UPDJC, Peace Commission Chairman Dr Tin Myo Win, vice-chairman (2) of the UPDJC, P’doh Saw Kwe Htoo Win, vice-chairman representing ethnic armed organizations’ group, and U Thu Wai, vice-chairman  representing political parties’ group, spoke on the occasion, expressing hopes of positive outcomes for lasting peace.
During the UPDJC meeting, those present discussed and approved agendas for the 21st Century Union Peace Conference, formation of a joint committee for holding the conference and matters related to the number of participants to the conference and agenda of opening ceremony and dinner.
Moreover, a review of the political dialogue framework and substitution of UPDJC representatives were also discussed.— Myanmar News Agency

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