Remarks made at opening of the Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong

Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong commenced in Nay Pyi Taw at the Myanmar Internatinal Convention Centre-MICC2 in Nay Pyi Taw on 31st August.
Following are the remarks of Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Chairman of the Kayin National Union Saw Mutu Sae Po, Vice Chairman of the Kachin Independence Organization U N’ Ban La, Patron of the National League for Democracy U Tin Oo and Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr Ban Ki-moon made at the opening ceremony of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong.

Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker says national consolidation weakened by an array of problems

DSC_0597 72PYITHU Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint addressed the opening of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong Conference in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday.
The speaker said that State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had anticipated calling a Panglong-like conference over the last 28 years in a move to forge national reconciliation. Her guidelines focused on greater autonomy for ethnic regions to encourage economic development, the sharing of profits gained from the exploitation of natural resources and an end to entrenched political divisions, he recalled.
The restoration of peace correlates with the success of democracy, human rights, rule of law, national reconciliation, federalism and national development, he said. The loss of life and limb in internal armed conflict leaves a big hole in the country’s human resources, he said, adding that heavy defence spending presents a delay in the measures for national development.
Speaker U Win Myint said the spirit of fraternity can overcome the differences entrenched among ethnic groups, thereby paving the way for enduring peace. The speaker emphasised the need for cooperation among the ethnic groups in turning the country into a place free from prejudice and discrimination.
He urged the representatives to the peace conference to put an end to the bewildering array of political, economic and social problems weakening the national consolidation.—Myanmar News Agency

Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker blames lack of peace for socioeconomic deprivation in ethnic regions

DSC_0599 72AMYOTHA Hluttaw Speaker U Mahn Win Khaing Than delivered a welcoming address at the Union Peace Conference- 21st Century Panglong in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday.
In his address Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than said the lack of peace and stability had caused the country to lag behind its neighbouring countries in terms of socioeconomic development. Armed conflicts had engulfed our national brethren, especially in ethnic regions, thereby forcing residents to abandon their homes and bear the brunt of socioeconomic deprivation as internally displaced persons.
Images on the media that reflect the plight of the victims, including children, have strengthened the public desire for peace, which he said is now just “at an arm’s length”. He urged the participants at the peace conference to display a strong determination for peace and act with sympathy toward the plight of the victims as their own grandparents, parents, siblings, children and relatives.
The speaker called for the adoption of the Union Spirit in discussion and negotiation, describing peace as an essential step towards the establishment of a federal republic.
He called the historic event unparalleled, urging the leaders of ethnic groups and institutions to write a new page of history in the restoration of peace at this opportune moment of the 21st Century Panglong as part of fulfilling the greatest wish of the people. —Myanmar News Agency

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