The following is a translation of the address delivered by General Saw Mutu Sae Poe, Chairman of Karen National Union-KNU, on behalf of the signatories to the NCA, at the second anniversary of the NCA.
All the honoured participants including the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the State Counsellor, the Commander-in-Chief, all the senior state officials, senior military officers and leaders of the armed ethnic groups attending this ceremony.
First I would say that it is an honour and pleasure for me to deliver an address here on behalf of all the signatory armed ethnic groups to the NCA.
It has been two years since the NCA was signed between the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the armed ethnic groups. We all signed the NCA on equal terms. The aim is to build a lasting peace by finding an answer to the political problem through peaceful political dialogue without applying military means for ending all armed conflicts erupted in the Union since we regained independence.
The objective of establishing the Union in harmony after Bogyoke Aung San and the ethnic leaders signed the Panglong Agreement on 12 February 1947 is the setting up of a Union where there is mutual respect and recognition among all the ethnic natives of the Union and where democracy, equality and self-determination are guaranteed.
After the Panglong Agreement was signed for all the ethnic peoples of the Union to live in harmony and peace, the country restored her independence and established the Union. Sadly, the country cannot fully realize the Panglong Agreement till now, especially, the self-administration and self-determination for all the ethnic races guaranteed in the Paragraph 5 of the Agreement. Likewise, democratic rights assured in the Paragraph 7 cannot be fully materialized till today.
So, in the view of the ethnic races, the internal strife that continues till today is the result of the failure to totally implement the Panglong Agreement. Peace process is the best means to end the internal strife. Besides, all-inclusive political dialogue is a must. The joint implementation of the NCA on equal terms within the NCA framework is the only way towards solving the political problems through the political means.
Thanks you all.