Ceasefire agreement, election dominate discussions between president, political parties

President U Thein Sein shakes hands with a representative from a  political party.—Photo: Aye Min Soe
President U Thein Sein shakes hands with a representative from a political party.—Photo: Aye Min Soe

Yangon, 18 May —The nationwide ceasefire agreement, this year’s general election and land disputes dominated discussions Monday when President U Thein Sein met with representatives of political parties.
In his opening speech at the meeting, the president expressed his willingness to begin political dialogues before the upcoming elections, pledging that any constitutional amendments prior to the election would be carried out through such dialogue.
He urged all political parties to participate in the process of the Deed of Commitment for Peace and National Reconciliation, which was signed on 12 February, and to make efforts toward conducting political dialogues.
Nearly 130 politicians from 68 parties attended the meeting. Some have suggested a timeframe for holding political dialogues.
Some participants of the meeting urged the government to hold the upcoming general election, slated for late October or early November, in a free, fair and transparent manner.
Some havecalled on the government tospeed up its efforts to settle land disputes in the remaining term.
In his replies to the suggestions, President U Thein Sein has pledged to speed up the government’s efforts to deal with issues raised at the meeting.—GNLM

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