June 29, 2017

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Tatmadaw lawmakers hope for peace the most — Ceasefire accord is certain to be approved by 25 percent of parliamentarians, MPC legal counsel says

Dr Salai Andrew Ngun Cung Lian, legal counsel at the Myanmar Peace Centre, speaks to the media.
Dr Salai Andrew Ngun Cung Lian, legal counsel at the Myanmar Peace Centre, speaks to the media.

A quarter of Myanmar’s parliamentarians want peace more than others, said Dr Salai Andrew Ngun Cung Lian, legal counsel at the Myanmar Peace Centre, insisting that the military MPs will approve the national ceasefire accord between the government and ethnic armed groups.
At a press conference of the peace centre on Friday, Dr Ngun Cung Lian expressed the view when answering a question about what will happen to the accord if the lawmakers from Tatmadaw that hold 25 percent of seats in Parliament reject it.
“Basically, no one hates war more than the warrior. The 25 percent of the parliament’s seats, above others who have never fought in the war, prays for peace the most as they suffered the wounds and scares of war”.
The MPC’s legal counsel affirmed that he was pretty sure the 25 percent will support the ceasefire deal.
U Hla Maung Shwe, senior adviser at the peace centre, reaffirmed Tatmadaw’s willingness to sign the ceasefire whatever groups are willing to ink it, citing participation of its top-level representatives throughout the negotiations as indication of wanting to achieve lasting peace.
He quoted Saw Htoo Htoo Lay, political and military adviser to the Karen National Union’s Chairman, as saying that Tatmadaw’s desire and preparation for lasting peace is far beyond a situation they expected in previous years, and ethnic armed groups are lagging behind the Tatmadaw.
On Wednesday, President U Thein Sein and senior leaders of ethnic armed organisations held talks in Nay Pyi Taw on the signing of the truce pact which is expected to occur in early October between the government and each of the15 groups the government has invited.

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