August 19, 2016

Swiss ambassador applauds ceasefire deal during meeting with commander-in-chief

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During a meeting between Myanmar’s commander-in-chief of defence services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Swiss ambassador Mr Paul R Seger, the nationwide ceasefire accord, which is scheduled to be signed today, was applauded by the ambassador.
The commander-in-chief said that the president extended an olive branch to ethnic armed groups as a means of bringing armed conflict to an end and that the army played a constructive role in the process.
“Officials from both sides will ink the peace agreement,” the senior general said.
The Swiss ambassador described the signing of the nationwide ceasefire accord as a critical step to reconciliation and development, adding that the deal will serve as a solid foundation for the democratic goals the country has set. The commander-in-chief pledged the army’s commitment to the peace process, stressing that it will initiate national development based on stability and unity among ethnic groups.
When asked about voting rights for military personnel, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing assured the Swiss ambassador that free and fair elections will be held on 8 November.
The pair also discussed strategies to promote new levels of cooperation between the two countries.



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