October 20, 2017

President U Thein Sein meets armed ethnic groups, political parties

President U Thein Sein meets armed ethnic groups and political parties at the Myanmar International Convention Centre No. 2.—mna
President U Thein Sein meets armed ethnic groups and political parties at the Myanmar International Convention Centre No. 2.—MNA

Nay Pyi Taw, 12 Feb— President U Thein Sein met with armed ethnic groups and political parties at the Myanmar International Convention Centre No 2 in Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday. First of all, the president cordially greeted the leaders of political parties.
In his greetings, the president said internal peace is the most urgent need for the country and it cannot be denied that the wish and desire of all the people is also peace, emphasizing the importance for materialization of the solution reached at the talks.
Then, the president said there are different points of view and stances in a country where there are weaknesses in terms of development and unity.
Despite hardship and challenges, they are to be overcome with honesty and trust as the common desire
of all parties is the wish for peace, the president continued, adding that it is undeniable that peace process is a long journey as it is based on the policy  of finding solutions through political dialogues.
Afterwards, the president urged the attendees to make all-out efforts for peace so that the trust and expectation of the people will not be in vain as it has been over four years since peace efforts were made.
Then, the president said that despite the efforts to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement on Union Day, it cannot be signed as intended and it is necessary to make a commitment to hold political dialogues without fail so that the hope of the people is not in vain.
The president recounted that talks were held with armed ethnic groups to sign the Deed of Commitment for Peace and National Reconciliation and all the participants do not want people to lose hope.
In conclusion, the president urged leaders of armed groups to support the deed of commitment. Speaker of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and the Pyithu Hluttaw Thura U Shwe Mann said that signing the deed of commitment is the result of goodwill towards restoring peace desired by the people, urging the national brethren to move forward to the goal of peace from. He added that the Hluttaw will support the desire for peace and the peace process and Hluttaw representatives do will never tolerate speech and behaviour that damage national solidarity and national reconciliation. In conclusion, the speaker urged organizations and national brethren to cooperate in the leadership of the president so that the desired peace can be restored through the talks.
Afterwards, Speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw U Khin Aung Myint said that the country has suffered due to civil war and different ideologies since independence was regained and therefore relentless efforts are being exerted for the peace process. He added that today is the time to restore peace through political means and urged the attendees to materialize the peace process as soon as possible as long-term conflicts are detrimental to the country.
Later, Vice Chairman of Union Peace-making Work Committee Union Minister U Aung Min, representatives of political parties, armed ethnic groups and ethnic affairs ministers took part in the discussions.
The talks concluded with remarks by the president. The president said it can be seen that the discussions express the common desire for peace and recognize the efforts for peace, adding that stability is a prerequisite for peace.
Then, the president continued to say that political dialogues can be held only when the door for peace is open and he urged all to exert concerted efforts for peace so the nationwide ceasefire agreement can be signed.
Today’s talks focused on signing the Deed of Commitment for Peace and National Reconciliation and leaders of armed ethnic groups, political parties, representatives and ethnic affairs ministers unanimously supported the deed of commitment.
signThe deed of commitment was signed by representatives, including the president, vice presidents, 14 union ministers, five Hluttaw representatives, including the speakers of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and the Amyotha Hluttaw, the chairman of the Union Election Commission, three representatives from the Tatmadaw, armed ethnic groups including KNU, RCSS, KNU/KNLA (Peace Council), DKBA, 29 ethnic affairs ministers, and 55 representatives from political parties. The remaining armed ethnic groups will sign the deed of commitment after discussions have been held and approved by their organizations.
The signing of the deed of commitment is firm proof of goodwill and strong desire for peace of the government, the Hluttaw, political parties, armed ethnic groups and unprecedented historical milestone of achievement in the history of peace for Myanmar as all agreed to build a union based on democracy and federalism.
Present at the talks were President U Thein Sein, Vice Presidents Dr Sai Mauk Kham and U Nyan Tun, Speaker of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and the Pyithu Hluttaw Thura U Shwe Mann, Speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw U Khin Aung Myint, Chairman U Tin Aye of the Union Election Commission, Union ministers, Hluttaw representatives, senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army), the deputy attorney-general, ethnic affairs ministers, leaders of armed ethnic groups, and representatives from 62 political parties.—MNA

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