Embarking on a new journey to secure peace and stability in Kayin State, paving the way for peace across Myanmar

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Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Saw Mutu Say Poe share a warm handshake at yesterday’s meeting in Nay Pyi Taw.

He firmly believes this meeting would initiate a new stride for ensuring peace and stability in Kayin State and restoring peace for the whole of Myanmar, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing told Kayin ethnic leader Saw Mutu Say Poe.
Chairman of the State Administration Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received a team led by Kayin ethnic leader Saw Mutu Say Poe at Bayintnaung Villa in Nay Pyi Taw on the morning of 30 September to talk about peace issues.
The Senior General underscored that Tatmadaw has pledged to strive for continuous restoration of peace across the nation by firmly standing on the Constitution and the NCA path, adding Tatmadaw always opens the track for ethnic armed organizations to hold peace talks.
NCA is the top agreement signed by the government and ethnic armed organizations, and it is a pledge between EAOs and the State. The Constitution is also a pledge and agreement guaranteed between the State and citizens, the Senior General told Saw Mutu Say Poe.
In his discussion, Kayin ethnic leader Saw Mutu Say Poe said the NCA signed by those from the government, the Hluttaw, the Tatmadaw and ethnic armed organizations in the presence of international diplomats including those from the United Nations and local witnesses would never annul at any time and it will be firmly existent. Moreover, he expressed his firm belief that restoration of peace must be firmly stood on the NCA, and the irresponsible and senseless talks about the NCA with a lack of evidence are unacceptable.
The Senior General recounted that he knows residents in Kayin State wish to engage in livelihoods peacefully. If peace and stability prevail in the region, greater development will come out. Only when each region enjoys peace and stability will the whole country be peaceful and stable as well as will socioeconomic life develop. He highlighted that Saw Mutu Say Poe is a Kayin ethnic leader who signed the NCA. As he is still responsible for forging peace for people from Kayin State, he invited the Kayin ethnic leader to openly discuss the requirements for peace, stability and regional development of Kayin State and the things which should be done.
After signing the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement-NCA, he has been firmly focusing on restoration of peace, said Saw Mutu Say Poe, expressing his thanks to the SAC Chairman Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services for patiently waiting for the Karen National Union (KNU) to correctly reach the peace track.
Moreover, Saw Mutu Say Poe mentioned his concept that he accepts the multiparty democratic system and desires peace and stability. Forging internal peace and stability should depend on negotiation and armed struggle lines. Any forms of behaviours, talks and acts harming peace are absolutely unacceptable. It is necessary to continue walking on the path of NCA signed under many agreements, he added.
The Senior General highlighted that Tatmadaw will firmly stand on the NCA and the Constitution in forging peace. All EAOs are always welcome to peace talks with an opening door.
The Senior General continued that they could hold talks with the government. If they wish to send peace delegations from the Tatmadaw to them, arrangements will be made to hold the talks at relevant military commands.
The Senior General and the Kayin ethnic leader and party openly talked about firmly standing on the existing peace and the situation to continue walking on the peace path.
Also present at the meeting together with the Senior General were Lt-Gen Ye Win Oo and senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief and Chairman of National Solidarity and Peacemaking Negotiation Committee Lt-Gen Yar Pyae. Kayin ethnic leader Saw Mutu Say Poe was accompanied by former KNU Central Committee member Saw Roger Khin and Kawkareik District Chairman Pado Shwe Maung. — MNA/TTA

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