Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Many voices for the Year of Peace

May 8, 2017
The State has been making concerted efforts to achieve peace, which is essential for national development. Accordingly, the 2nd Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong will be held very soon.

All citizens are hoping that good results concerning peace will be gained in 2017. Here are voices of those taking part in the national peace process.

Political dialogue essential:

Khun Myint Tun, of the committee for discussing matters on Land & Natural Environment, said: “The government designated the year 2017 as the year of peace, making efforts for the peace process with great momentum.

I think that the fruits of the peace will be gained promptly only if political dialogues can be made more broadly than ever.

Urgent need to stop wars:

U Myo Win of the working committee for discussing matters on security said: “We all need to make efforts with the intention of winning peace in the country.

It wholly depends on the present political situations whether it will be successful or not. Especially we all, those who are in the peace process are required to make efforts hand in hand, as always, not only in the year 2017.

It is necessary to stop wars as soon as possible.

Due to these wars, the country and its people will greatly suffer. So, it will be the best if the peace is gained in this month, instead of winning peace in this year.

Reality of current situations:

Min Kyaw Zayar Oo of the working committee for discussing matters on the economy said: “Our peace process will not come to an end suddenly. We will proceed very far away from here, but this year, being the year of peace, we will try our best to perform the duties assigned upon us, according to the principle of realising current situations.”

Desire for gaining peace:

Dr. Hlan Mhon Zarkhon, of the working committee for discussing political affairs said: “We welcome wholeheartedly the assertion that fruits of peace will be gained in 2017.

Among what we are implementing, it may take time or delay the peace process. But we firmly believe that we will get good results because the whole populace and all the national ethnics in the whole country want peace greatly.”

He added, “We want the over-60-years-long civil war to come to an end and to build up a peaceful and developed Union. But we have a problem of the civil war, which has lasted over 60 years with very deep conflict.

There can be other problems behind the conflict if we are required to solve a problem. Whenever we consider ourselves to solve the country’s problem, through political means for a 60-years-long civil war to cease, we experienced subsequent problems. For example, starting a civil war is the political problem.

When we approach to solve the problem through political means, it occurred to us that there are many problems concerning land and forests, socially related victims and humanitarianism that were created by the 60-years-long civil war. These are not political affairs, hence the need to solve these by taking time with patience.”

Dr. Wah Wah Maung of the working committee for discussing economic affairs said: “Myanmar remained in a less developed state, lagging behind others. Peace and development is closely connected. To be able to move on the development route with great momentum, we cannot accomplish it without peace.

Therefore, peace plays an important role for the regions across the country to develop on the same level. Now that all the national ethnics came to be well convinced of the essence of the peace, we urge all to make concerted efforts hand in hand with each other to win peace as soon as possible.”


She added, “Peace is of great importance. Doctrines, benefits, national interest, the benefit of an organisation, and national benefits must be taken into consideration fairly. Peace must be built based on understandings, and it needs to build common agreements.

Provided that the whole populace becomes well convinced of peace process and take part in it, the Union Peace Conference will bear fruitful negotiations to some extent.”

Thura Zaw (MNA)

Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar

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