Senior General receives special envoy from China, UN Under Secretary-General

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Senior General Min Aung Hlaing holds talks with China’s Special Envoy for Asian Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received H.E. Mr. Sun Guoxiang, Special Envoy for Asian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China at the Bayintnaung guest room in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
During the meeting, Mr. Sun Guoxiang said that the stance of their government strongly supports the Myanmar peace process and it is believed that there is good potential in the peace process.
He also discussed matters relating to negotiations for peace by closely dealing with the armed groups in northern Myanmar, recommending the Government and Tatmadaw’s implementation for the State’s independence and sovereignty in Rakhine affairs. Mr. Sun Guoxiang said his country will help by standing as a good neighboring country, promoting bilateral relations and cooperation in addition to closely collaborating in anti-terrorism efforts, and matters on the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which will be held in China.
The Senior General said that the Tatmadaw is ready to negotiate with groups who have yet to sign the National Ceasefire Agreement. He said he hopes for participation by all ethnic armed groups in signing the NCA based on Myanmar’s peace process, Rakhine State affairs, the multi-party democratic path and acceptance of the three main national causes.
The Senior General also met Mr. Jeffery Feltman, Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs of the United Nations at the Bayintnaung Guest Room in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon.
During the meeting, Mr. Jeffery Feltman said that the world is interested in Rakhine State affairs and that there are differences between world views and Myanmar’s practical implementation upon this. He added that the purpose of his tour is to accelerate the process implemented by the Myanmar government. The UN will provide long and short-term support on the Government’s performance. He then said it is necessary to know the security of local nationals as it is not possible to implement the support with no security.
The Commander-in-Chief then explained that the Tatmadaw systematically monitored events concerned with Rules of Engagement (ROE) from day violence broke out to more recent days, and that there is nothing being performed outside of rule and regulations. If there is a violation of rules, it will take action in accord with the law. People did not accept the allegations that the Tatmadaw used force in terrorism.
There were fewer deaths of innocent people, staff and police forces because of the Tatmadaw’s implementation of security. People are still worrying for their security, as there is a threat that the terrorist attacks will made again. Thus, the Tatmadaw must protect the security of local people, the Senior General added.

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