Nay Pyi Taw, 31 March — Government-backed Union Peace making Working Committee and Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team of 16 ethnic armed groups have made a draft ceasefire deal on Tuesday.
Regarding the draft pact, President U Thein Sein said Myanmar has seen an auspicious day with both high expectation and bright daybreak of peace, urging all the participants make more attempts for lasting peace in near future.
Union Minister U Ye Htut also said Myanmar has marked two historic milestones of Tuesday’s draft ceasefire deal and inaugural speech of President U Thein Sein who vowed to open up reform efforts this day of four years ago.
The union minister added while there are a number of presidents and armed group leaders who won the wars in the chronicles, only few number of them could ensure peace for the country, referring to President U Thein Sein and Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing with congratulation.
U Ye Htut noted that all must keep patience to be able to sign ceasefire agreement through dialogues based on the draft deal with ethnic leaders and guarantee lasting peace and ethnic rights.
He also remarked that successive governments in Myanmar tried to resolve internal conflicts in their own ways, while President U Thein Sein attempted for ceasefire with more armed groups through alternative approach.
He said his congratulation to all the participants of supporting groups and policymakers in peace-making efforts.
Union Minister U Khin Yi, a member of UPWC, recounted peace broker body’s efforts to overcome many differences and disputes to sign the peace deal after nearly four years through eagerness of participant groups and peace roadmap laid by state leaders.
He remarked that development and peace are interdependent, saying ‘No peace will bear no development’, with the expectation of political dialogues after 60 days of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement which is expected to realize on.
U Saw Kwe Htoo Win of Karen National Union also commented the draft agreement was resulted from mutual understandings among the participants, saying he felt hopeful that prospective changes could be made for the welfare of the State.—MNA