October 19, 2017

State Counsellor describes Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong as magnificent opportunity for harmony

Delegates to the Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong pose for documentary photo at the Myanmar International Convention Centre—2 in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
Delegates to the Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong pose for documentary photo at the Myanmar International Convention Centre—2 in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

THE Union Peace Confernce—21st Century Panglong kicked off with an opening ceremony at the Myanmar International Convention Centre—2 in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
The opening ceremony was attended by President U Htin Kyaw, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Vice Presidents U Myint Swe and U Henry Van Thio, United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice Senior General Soe Win, Deputy Speakers of Hluttaw, Union Ministers, the Union Attorney-General, the Chairman of Union Civil Service Board, Region/State Chief Ministers, senior military officers, commanders, chairs of Hluttaw committees, ministers for ethnic affairs, representatives from a stakeholder group representing the government, Hluttaw and Tatmadaw, representatives from ethnic armed organisations, representatives from political parties, representatives from ethnic minorities, Chairman of KNU Saw Mutu Sae Po and Vice Chairperson Naw Zipporah Sein, KKO Chairman Saw Mu Shae, Vice Chairman of KNU/KNLA-PC Saw Htot Lay, General Secretary Naw Kapaw Htoo, Sai Baung Khe of RCSS/SSA, PNLO Patron Khun Okkar and Chairman Khun Myint Tun, ALP central committee member Daw Saw Mya Raza Lin, ABSDF Chairman Yebaw Than Ge, Dr Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong of CNF, Sam Lot of UWSA, Chairman U Sai Lin of Mongla Special Region-4, KIO Vice Chairman U N’ Ban La, Vice Chairman 1 Maj-Gen Guan Maw, KNPP Vice-Chairman Khu Oo Reh and Phone Naing at the rank of Adjutant-General, SSPP/SSA central committee member Sai Du, NMSP Vice Chairman Naing Hong Sar, diplomats from foreign embassies, officials from UN agencies, local and international NGOs and guests.
The ceremony was opened with a song entitled ‘Unity-based Panglong Conference’ performed by artists from the Myanmar Motion Picture Organisation, Myanmar Music Organisation and the Ministry of Religious and Cultural Affairs.
Next, Chairperson of the Central Leading Committee for Organising the 21st Century Panglong Union Peace Conference State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi extended greetings. (The speech delivered by the State Counsellor is separately reported)
Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, KNU Chairman Saw Mutu Sae Po, KIO Vice-Chairman U N’ Ban La, Patron of National League for Democracy U Tin Oo and United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon also extended greetings.
After the opening ceremony, the President, the State Counsellor, the Vice-Presidents, the UNSG, Hluttaw Speakers, the Commander-in-Chief, representatives from ethnic armed organisation,  political parties, the government and Hluttaw, diplomats and UN officials posed for documentary photos.—Myanmar News Agency

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