Federalism, the path to liberation for our Union

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  • With the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) between the Union Government and the ethnic armed organizations yesterday, the rays of hope for peace and for a better future are shining in the regions of the ethnic armed groups.
    The NCA is the beginning of the peace process that will result from the resolution of political problems through negotiations, discussions and the joint search for solutions.
    Our ethnic people are living in fear and instability amidst the internal armed conflicts that have been occurring in our country for more than 70 years. We have not been able to achieve peace and the future of our new generations has not seen the positive rays of light until today. We are sure that the signing of the NCA by the New Mon State Party and the Lahu Democratic Union will bring joy and happiness.
    The NCA is a step toward solving the political problems at the negotiating table through discussions and negotiations, instead of through armed conflict. All of us accept that this is the Panglong spirit.
    During the time of the incumbent government, not only political dialogues but also as part of the Union Accord, the government has been able to sign 37 political agreements at the Second Session of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong.
    Stake-holders are participating in the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) with their heart and soul, immersing themselves in peace-making issues.
    However, some armed groups have not joined yet the peace process and some still remain to join. They are those who have participated all along in the negotiations but have not joined the peace process due to various reasons. In the north there are still armed conflicts in some areas. Although the light of peace is shining brightly in southern Myanmar, this light has been unable to cover the whole country.
    In fact, our country has lost much energy due to armed conflicts which have occurred since independence. Our people suffered and the future of our Union suffered.
    Today, Myanmar is facing many challenges and difficulties at home, facing many pressures and criticisms in the community of nations and differences of opinions and arguments are still going on inside the country.
    These are the bad effects of our inability to unify and transform it into strength. Today is the time to take lessons of the past for the future of our people. Today, we need to take more steps forward and continue our march on the path of national reconciliation and laying a Federal foundation. We can achieve peace only when we have established a Federal system which is acceptable to all our people and the whole country. Today, history calls for Federalism. This is the path of liberation for our Union.
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