The Advisory Forum on National Reconciliation and Peace in Myanmar is taking place at the Thingaha Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw.
On the first day of the forum yesterday, Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko delivered a speech at the event.
He said that armed clashes were caused by conflicts in politics, faiths and races, while politics is largely related with religions, communities and military affairs.
The Union Minister also remarked solving the political crisis will lead to addressing other conflicts.
The forum was aimed to find ways for solving conflicting issues in Myanmar.
Chairman of Myanmar National Human Rights Commission U Win Mra acted as a moderator at the panel discussion of Dhamma Dutta Sayadaw Ashin Cekinda, Methodist Church (Lower Myanmar) Bishop Mya San, Convener of the Islamic Centre of Myanmar Al-Haj Daw San San Tint and Hindu Young Women Organization’s Ma Myo Hay Mar on the topic of ‘Freedom of Faiths with Contributions of Religions’.
In the afternoon session, group discussions were made on the issues of education, religious freedom, equal rights from ethnic people and minor communities, responsibility and accountability in protection and conservation of rainforests, women leadership and their roles, encouraging young people and engaging with them, characteristic features of Rakhine issue, diversities and common challenges.
The second day of the forum will be held on 15 November. —MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)