The following are the excerpts from the speech delivered by President U Thein Sein at the opening of the Union Peace Conference, held at MICC-2 in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
The indigenous armed organisations have different background histories, different political attitudes and different political will. However, they have common demands – the Nation-wide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) and political dialogue. Despite not all armed organisations signing the NCA this agreement has been collectively drawn up by the government, the parliament, the Tatmadaw and all dialogue partners. In this juncture, it is worth recalling that these armed conflicts originated in the post-independence period. So, it is necessary for a political solution. In this function, the discussions should be made representing not only the armed organisations but also the concerned political forces and mass organisations. What’s important is to find a political solution to end the armed conflicts and to build a democratic federal union.
The convening of this Union Peace Conference is an important part of the process of transferring the duties of the incumbent government to the new one. This is a very important function to transfer the duties of the government systematically to the new one within the peace process which is extremely subtle. The mutual trust between and among the political forces can be built by this political dialogue. In fact, this conference is just the beginning of smooth transfer of the duties of the government.