To our great delight and satisfaction, we found an auspicious news photo in the State-owned newspapers of 24th January 2018. It is none other than the documentary photo for which the party headed by the State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi posed together with delegations from the New Mon State Party [NMSP] and Lahu Democratic Union [LDU]. As said by the State Counsellor, it is the photograph which reflects the new step of great honour for the entire nation. The documentary photo was taken after separate meetings between the State Counsellor, the Chairperson of the National Reconciliation and Peace Center and the delegation led by Nai Htaw Mon, Chairman of NMSP and the delegation led by Kya Khun Sar, Chairman of LDU at the NRPC in Nay Pyi Taw. At the news conference held after the meetings, the State Counsellor said, “We would like to express our thanks to our ethnic national brethren, ethnic Mon and Lahu nationals for helping in the enduring existence of the union, peace in the union and development based on peace.” Here, the development based on peace carries a deep and broad meaning. Deprivation of peace means voidance of opportunities. Due to lack of full peace for 70 years after gaining Myanmar’s Independence, the people of Myanmar lost many opportunities of excellence. At present, “The role of Myanmar in Regional Economic Co-operation,” made us more convinced of the peace sector. Myanmar plays an important role in the regional economic cooperation projects such as ASEAN Economic Community-AEC and One Belt One Road [OBOR]. Had Myanmar managed to play her role effectively, our country sure would have seized many opportunities for successful implementation of economic projects. Failing that, these promising opportunities would have come to nothing. This process is the one which shows the doctrine “development based on peace.” The State Counsellor said, “This has been carried out not only for our sake but for the sake of future generations. This showed the value of the historic documentary photo. To put it more accurately, this photo shows that NMSP and LDU have made a firm determination to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement [NCA]. In other words, the photo shows that development based on peace will be brought about soon.”
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