National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) members and Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP) delegation led by its Vice Chairman held a meeting at NRPC in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
At the meeting NRPC member Union Attorney General U Tun Tun Oo stated that SSPP was among a group that hadn’t signed the NCA. It was the first from such group that requested and had an official meeting with the Tatmadaw and NRPC in accordance to the announcement made by the Tatmadaw. Thus the group was welcomed and the meeting was held to discuss peace process and development of Wanhai region. SSPP was invited to openly discuss for the peace process and for the party itself as well as difficulties SSPP had said the Union Attorney General.
Next, SSPP Vice Chairman Sao Khun Hsai spoke of his appreciation to NRPC for accepting their request. SSPP and SSA well received a New Year message from State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and were extremely happy on receiving it. At the same time central committee members of SSPP, SSA commanders and troops wishes well for the President, State Counsellor, Government members, Tatmadaw leaders led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Hluttaw representatives and all said the Vice Chairman.
The Vice Chairman then spoke of all becoming a Union through Panglong Agreement but instead of the country developing and progressing in the past 70 years it had lagged behind other countries due to many reasons. The main point was the lack of trust among the nationals and the incompleteness and weaknesses of the national reconciliation works and it was understood that lessons from these past experiences were to be learnt so that no more mistakes are made in the future.
SSPP was not against the NCA path but were only point out and demanding inclusiveness in the NCA. SSPP was not against the NCA and not signing the NCA does not mean against the NCA. An understanding was requested as the reason was for all-inclusiveness, said the Vice Chairman. SSPP consider the present situation as very good because an opportunity to sit and discuss as equal were being given to SSPP, said the Vice Chairman.
At the moment trust was being built up from the bottom up and efforts were being made with a belief of establishing a federal union once a certain situation is reached and a certain time is taken.
Some criticize SSPP for conducting regional development as in a time of conflict arms and ammunitions need to be stocked rather than conducting regional development. But SSPP and SSA were in an armed conflict for 60 years and people had suffered during this period together with SSPP and SSA and thus were giving back what it can to the people. Looking at this point alone could be obvious that SSPP/SSA no longer wanted wars and conflicts. The reason for coming now is to show what SSPP/SSA had done for regional development. A request had been made for a separate meeting with the Tatmadaw to report about military matters and spoke of his appreciation for being granted the opportunity, said the Vice Chairman.
Next, the meeting discussed status of meeting between the government and SSPP, Wanhai region development matters, future works of peace process and general matters.
In his concluding speech, SSPP Vice Chairman thanked the government officials, Hluttaw and Tatmadaw leaders and officials for holding the meeting and spoke of his belief on successfully establishing a federal union.
In return NRPC member Union Attorney General said open discussions were held in the meeting and much benefit was being obtained from learning of the works and status of SSPP. The government had kept opened the path for all to participate in the NCA and is striving toward it. Some are believed to be participating in it soon and SSPP is urged to participate in it and matters raised by SSPP will be submitted to the NRPC meeting said the Union Attorney General.
Afterward, the Union Attorney General and SSPP Vice Chairman exchanged gifts.
The meeting was attended by NRPC members Union Attorney General U Tun Tun Oo, Lt-Gen Yar Pyae, Lt-Gen Min Naung, Deputy Minister U Khin Maung Tin, Peace Commission Vice Chairman U Thein Zaw, Secretary Lt-Gen Khin Zaw Oo (Retired), member U Hla Maung Shwe, Director-General U Zaw Htay, SSPP Vice Chairman Sao Khun Hsai and central committee members.
Director-General U Zaw Htay commented that the day’s meeting was a good discussion.
— Myo Myint (MNA) (Translated by Zaw Min)