President U Thein Sein meets leaders of armed ethnic groups

President U Thein Sein cordially greets one of the leaders of 13 armed ethnic groups at Myanmar International Convention Centre No 2.
President U Thein Sein cordially greets one of the leaders of 13 armed ethnic groups at Myanmar International Convention Centre No 2.

President U Thein Sein met with leaders of 13 armed ethnic groups at the Myanmar International Convention Centre No 2 in Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday.
In his greetings, the president described Union Day as an auspicious red-letter day engraved in the mind of all national races leaders who highlighted the importance of unity among them for gaining independence more than 60 years ago. It is an undeniable fact that the peace process initiated by his government is being gradually translated into a process allowing a political guarantee, he continued.
He said today’s gathering of the leaders of national races showing ties of brotherhood is proof of a political guarantee with the hope for peace. On the delays in signing the nationwide ceasefire accord, he stressed the need to build trust to delete concerns and doubts of the people longing for peace, calling for making a pledge.
The president said he “heartily agreed” with a strong desire of leaders of some armed ethnic groups on the pledge that would assist the nationwide ceasefire accord and political dialogues, expressing his view that the deed of commitment for peace and national reconciliation would serve as a boost for the ongoing peace process, thereby having effect on the people’s hope for peace to prolong. The president called on ethnic leaders to sign the deed, saying that it is a binding promise, not a legal agreement. Political parties will be dialogue partners in the upcoming political dialogues, he
added.
In his conclusion, the president said the signing of the deed on the “auspicious red-letter day” will mark an important milestone on the road towards peace and national reconciliation, urging those present not to let the situation escape from their grasp.
Next, leaders of KNU, RCSS/SSA, UWSA Special Region-2, SSPP/SSA and PNLO expressed their views on ongoing peace process.
Then, Union Minister U Aung Min made a supplementary report on the process.
Afterwards, the president made concluding remarks, calling for the opening of the peace door prior to holding political dialogues as the government entered its fourth year and pointing out that the peace process is a matter that involves a long journey as peace cannot be built overnight. He showed his understating of discussions of some groups to seek approval of their own organizations. He then called for quick implementation of the process.
Also present at the meeting were the Union ministers, UPWC Vice Chairman U Thein Zaw, the deputy attorney-general and delegation members.

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