June 30, 2017

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There shall be only one army: Senior General Min Aung Hlaing

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing receives EU ambassador Mr Roland Kobia. Photo: Myawady
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing receives EU ambassador Mr Roland Kobia. Photo: Myawady

The Union Peace Conference, a historic and vital step in Myanmar’s reform process, is currently under way, and the people have placed high hopes on the conference, said Defence Services Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Haling during a meeting with EU ambassador Mr Roland Kobia at Bayintnaung Yeiktha in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
He explained to Mr Kobia that the peace process is an internal affair, and it will be carried out among local stakeholders.
“In building peace, the livelihoods of indigenous armed group members must be guaranteed,” said the senior general.
He added that the government will make arrangements for those wishing to lead civilian lives and for those who wish to enter the Tatmadaw in accordance with rules and regulations.
“The constitution already grants equal rights to all indigenous people, including self-administration, but they will not be allowed to keep arms for their defence or for their efforts to cling to power,” said the senior general.
There shall be one only army, he said.
The senior general also told the EU diplomat that his army is trying to preserve the peace and democracy Myanmar has already achieved.
During the meeting, the EU ambassador discussed the EU’s participation in the peace process, the relations between the EU and the Myanmar Defence Services, the progress of democratic reforms and interfaith tensions.—Myawady

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