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April 10, 2020

President U Win Myint holds meeting with State/Region ethnic affairs ministers

President U Win Myint addresses the meeting with State/Region ethnic affairs ministers at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA
President U Win Myint addresses the meeting with State/Region ethnic affairs ministers at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

President U Win Myint urged ethnic affairs ministers of States and Regions to make more efforts in making peace, unity and development of respective areas as he met with them at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon.
In his speech, President U Win Myint said that the government is implementing establishment of a Democratic Federal Union with mutual agreement of ethnic nationals for lasting peace, by forming a Union-level ethnic affairs ministry to work with relevant ethnic affairs ministers of State/Region governments, who are responsible for representing the ethnic people of their areas.
The President also highlighted important participation of ethnic affairs ministers in peace-making efforts of the government as the country is still facing armed clashes in some areas where non-signatories of Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement are operating.
He added diversity of ethnic people could lead to prosperity of the Union and that the convergence of views could turn into national strength; and understanding and trust among different ethnic national races could reduce conflicts and create mutual regards and respects.
The President also urged the ethnic affairs ministers to enter into negotiation for removing doubts, worries and disputes among the ethnic people.
He remarked that national unity is mainly related with the non-disintegration of Union, peace and prosperity of the State, and that unity could be created, rather than verbal description, by dialogues, consideration, mutual understanding and mutual respect of different cultures.
President U Win Myint also offered assistance of the Union government to the ethnic affairs ministries of respective local governments, and advised to foster collaboration for the welfare of ethnic people without having regional and political bias.
He continued to say that the government is carrying out democratic reform processes not for popularity of individuals or the ruling party, but for national interest, peace and stability and socioeconomic development of national people, and these tasks need cooperation of regional ethnic affairs ministers.
After the President’s speech, Rakhine Ethnic Affairs Minister U Zaw Aye Maung, Pa-O Ethnic Affairs Minister Nang San Wint Khine, Lisu Ethnic Affairs Minister U Ar Ti Yaw Han, Kayin Ethnic Affairs Minister Naw Pan Thinzar Myo and Intha Ethnic Affairs Minister Dr Tun Hlaing discussed establishment of a Democratic Federal Union and peace, ethnic unity and national reconciliation, protection of ethnic people’s rights and development in ethnic areas.
Union Minister Dr Myo Thein Gyi presented about teaching of ethnic languages in schools, appointments of teachers and publishing text books.
Regarding the discussions, President U Win Myint gave concluding remarks, by giving explanations about the government’s policies on supporting ethnic languages, literatures, cultures and customs, harmonious development of all states and regions, in accordance with the Constitution and existing laws in implementing development programmes, and peace efforts.
He finally called for additional strives of ethnic affairs ministers in making peace and building a Democratic Federal Union.
The meeting was attended by Vice Presidents U Myint Swe and U Henry Van Thio, Union Ministers Dr Pe Myint, U Win Khaing, U Thein Swe, Dr Myo Thein Gyi and Nai Thet Lwin, Kachin State Government’s Bamar Ethnic Affairs Minister U Khin Maung Myint (a) U Deik, Shan Ethnic Affairs Minister U Sai Sein Lin, Lisu Ethnic Affairs Minister U Ar Ti Yaw Han, Rawang Ethnic Affairs Minister U Yan Nam Pheung, Kayah State Government’s Bamar Ethnic Affairs Minister U Hla Myo Swe; Kayin State Government’s Mon Ethnic Affairs Miister U Min Tin Win, Pa-O Ethnic Affairs Minister U Khun Myo Tint; Sagaing Region Government’s Shan Ethnic Affairs Minister Nan Hmway Hmway Khin, Chin Ethnic Affairs Minister U Lar Htaung Htan, Taninthayi Region Government’s Kayin Ethnic Affairs Minister U Saw Lu Kar, Bago Region Government’s Kayin Ethnic Affairs Minister Daw Naw Pwal Hsay, Magway Region Government’s Chin Ethnic Affairs Minister U Hla Tun, Mandalay Region Government’s Shan Ethnic Affairs Minister U Sai Pan Saing (a) U Kyaw Sein, Mon State Government’s Bamar Ethnic Affairs Minister U Shwe Myint, Pa-O Ethnic Affairs Minister Nang San Wint Khine, Kayin Ethnic Affairs Minister U Aung Myint Khaing, Rakhine State Government’s Chin Ethnic Affairs Minister U Pon Bway; Yangon Region Government’s Kayin Ethnic Affairs Minister Naw Pan Thinzar Myo, Rakhine Ethnic Affairs Minister U Zaw Aye Maung, Shan State Government’s Kachin Ethnic Affairs Minister U Zote Daung, Lahu Ethnic Affairs Minister U Yaw That, Intha Ethnic Affairs Minister Dr Tun Hlaing, Ayeyawady Region Government’s Kayin Ethnic Affairs Minister Gamoe Myat Myat Thu and Rakhine Ethnic Affairs Minister U Tin Saw. — MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)

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