Political Organizations need to show magnanimity: Thura U Shwe Mann
Tatmadaw opens mind to those who have not signed NCA yet: Senior General Min Aung Hlaing
NCA just the first step towards peace within union: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
Effort must be continued to be exerted to enable the Political dialogue to be more comprehensive and all inclusive: Saw Mutu Say Poe
THE Union Peace Conference officially began at 9 am yesterday at MICC-2 with President U Thein Sein in attendance. Also present at the meeting were Vice President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham, Speaker of the House Thura U Shwe Mann, Speaker of the Senate U Khin Aung Myint, Union Chief Justice U Tun Tun Oo and Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing among others.
Speaking at the meeting, Thura U Shwe Mann said that peace is the concern of all the races of the union. It is, therefore, required on the part of all citizens to be involved in the peace process, that commitment and firm resolution play the most important role in the achievement of peace. He went on to say that all the leaders of all organisations are needed to show magnanimity and patience and have mutual understanding and mutual respect.
Next, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing spoke about the Tatmadaw. He said that the Tatmadaw has laid down the six-point peace policy and has opened its mind to those organisations who have not signed the NCA yet, that efforts need to be exerted to strengthen democracy and to build a modern, developed state. He further stated that indigenous armed organisations are all invited to join the Tatmadaw.
NLD Chairperson Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said that NCA is just the first step towards the prevalence of union peace, that effort must be put forth for all armed organisations to sign, that it is important for both signatories and non-signatories to have differing opinions but uncompromising respect, that the national reconciliation process cannot be neglected by the peace process, that enduring peace cannot be built without achieving national reconciliation, that the collective participation of all national races is more effective than individual effort, that only all inclusive participation can reach the goal at a fast rate and that a genuine, democratic federal union can be collectively built only through mutual understanding, mutual trust, mutual love and mutual respect.