exchange views, end conflicts — State Counsellor addresses UPDJC meeting

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi addresses the meeting of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi addresses the meeting of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee.

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The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) started at Thingaha Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon with an address by the chairperson of the UPDJC, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
In her speech, she said that the goal of the committee is to achieve peace, which means an end to conflicts. Prosperity is possible, she said, only when peace has been restored. As a result, the major responsibility of the committee should be to end conflicts and to build a prosperous Myanmar. Ending conflicts involves all of the armed forces, she added.
It is necessary to exchange views and to engage in discussions with one another in peace building efforts, she pointed out. Solutions can be reached only in this way. Then, agreements reached will be implemented step by step, she added.
The state counsellor said that national level dialogues are intended for all stakeholders, as there are many ethnic groups in Myanmar. Defining that inclusiveness means participation of those who can represent all.
She added that it can be assumed that the time has ripened for national level dialogues, and as it is impossible to hold all dialogues in the entire country simultaneously, three types of national level dialogues based on region, national cause and ethnic affairs will be held first before future plans are developed.
She called on all parties to nurture friendship, intimacy and mutual understanding and said that each party is responsible for the inclusiveness of the peace process. The restoration of peace is the duty not only of people who are attending the meeting, but also of organisations, individuals and stakeholders that are endeavoring for peace.
She urged all to find the ways and means to enable non-signatories to the NCA to shoulder their responsibilities.
In addition, she clarified that the only way to peace is to end conflicts. As a result, priority should be given to ending conflicts before urging the stakeholders that are outside the process not to delay. As the saying goes “Time and tide wait for no man,” and it is necessary to use time beneficially, she said.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said that the second Panglong conference is expected to be be held in February, and expressed hope that all parties would sign the NCA and participate in the process.
In conclusion, she said that friends and experts believe that development of Myanmar is synonymous with the world being ready to lend a helping hand to the peace process of the NRPC. She also urged all to cooperate.
After the State Counsellor’s speech, UPDJC Vice Chairman for Ethnic Armed Group Phado Saw Kwe Htoo Win said that armed conflicts that started with the independence of the country are not beneficial for the nation and have led to enormous losses for the state and ethnic peoples.
Therefore, it is necessary for the people to cooperate in the process as much as they can by shouldering whatever duty they can perform, he added, before urging peace building leaders to end war bravely.
Members of the UPDJC for political parties also pointed out the lessons from peace efforts of successive governments.
UPDJC Secretariat explained the work related to political framework review while the process of political dialogues, guides for national level dialogues and work procedures for regions, states and Nay Pyi Taw Council Area, policies for formation of the UPDJC Office, topics for national—level dialogues and tasks related to political dialogues were approved at the meeting.

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