August 19, 2016

Talk on Motion to end fighting in Rakhine

THE Amyotha Hluttaw continued for its 18th day session yesterday with a discussion held on an urgent motion calling for an end to fresh fighting in Rakhine State as well as bringing AA armed group into political talks. Also held was a question and answer session on electricity and construction and the submission of a bill to revoke the 1974 State Council’s Law.
U Khin Maung Latt of Rakhine State Constituency 3, one of 10 representatives listed to discuss the motion, said that now is the time to invite the armed group to peace talks as the present government is moving towards ensuring national reconciliation and the emergence of a democratic federal Union at the 21st century Panglong Conference.
If the AA group had been given a chance to ink the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement last year, gunfire that fell silent for 35 years in Rakhine State would have continued to be silent, he added.
In her discussion, Daw Naw Hla Hla Soe of Yangon Region Constituency 10 called on the Parliament to document the motion with serious consideration of the issue as the entirety of the people are ready to do their bit to ensure the successful holding of the 21st century Panglong Conference in order to realise stable and lasting peace in the country.
All citizens wish to see peace and live together in a country free from armed conflicts through thick and thin, she added.
U Sai San Aung of Shan State Constituency 12 highlighted the importance of peace, calling for the inclusion and cooperation of all ethnic minorities as a crucial drive for positive development in domestic political, economic and social sectors, particularly in their own regions.
He pointed out that peace will remain out of reach due to the continuing armed struggle.
In his discussion, he stressed the need to take heed of warnings by international experts who have warned that Rakhine State will become an Asian ‘Kosovo’ following ISIS threats to the state.
He suggested that rounds of negotiations be required to ensure an immediate end to the fighting.
On a bill to revoke the State Council’s Law (Law No 10/1974) submitted by Dr Myat Nyana Soe of Yangon Region Constituency No (3), Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than announced that the bill will be discussed at the parliament.  During a Q & A session, Union Minister for Electricity and Energy U Pe Zin Tun stated that Falam will gain electricity supply within 100 days following the completion of the 66 KV Haka-Falam transmission line and 66 KV Falam sub-power station.  Union Minister for Construction U Win Khaing said that regular inspections will be carried out on a three-month cycle on the Ngawun suspension bridge and detailed inspection and maintenance is set to take place once a year with the use of modern instruments.—Myanmar News Agency


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