Moving forward with genuine loving-kindness

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The Tatmadaw plays an important role in the national peace process. At the private meeting commemorating the third anniversary of the NCA (Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement), the commander-in-chief announced that the “Tatmadaw is committed to completing the peace process in 2020 and to achieving eternal peace desired by the people.”
The Tatmadaw reiterated this pledge once more in a special announcement on the ceasefire and eternal peace issued on 21 December, 2018. This is good news for the public and the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) and they also issued a press release welcoming the Tatmadaw’s announcement.
The Union Government is strengthening the ceasefire with 10 Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) that have signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) and is conducting political discussions in stages towards achieving the basic principles that are the basic foundations of establishing a Federal Democratic Union. At the same time, it is striving for the participation of eight EAOs that had not signed the NCA in the political discussions. Therefore, the Tatmadaw’s announcement is quite welcome during this period, as it puts loving-kindness forward as it invites the eight EAOs that have not signed the NCA, moving forward to realise the nationwide ceasefire and eternal peace.
The National Reconciliation and Peace Centre will continue to strive for strengthening the ceasefire with the 10 EAOs that had signed the NCA and to achieve political agreements with them. It will also strive for ensuring the participation of the eight EAOs that have not signed the NCA in the political dialogues of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong. The Tatmadaw’s efforts in inviting the eight EAO non-signatories to the NCA is a strong action for eternal peace.
Achieving the ceasefire is of paramount importance for creating eternal peace. We invite all EAOs, with loving-kindness, to sign the NCA and take part in the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong, so that the whole nation can become peaceful and stable, and we can establish a democratic federal union.
It is important to hold discussions when conducting the peace process to address the mutual concerns that exist between the Tatmadaw and the EAOs on military matters so that the nation’s expectations are met and the wishes of the ethnic citizens over the years can be fulfilled. The present period is one of celebration for independence and endeavours are churned out with goodwill. With the Tatmadaw’s announcement that it will cease all its region-wise military operations from 21 December, 2018, to 30 April, 2019, it is the right opportunity for ethnic armed organisations to coordinate and discuss the ceasefire and peace matters with the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre so that eternal peace can be achieved, and a democratic federal union can be established.

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