Thailand very pleased to have rendered its full support from the start of NCA

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The following is remarks by Mr Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand at the 8th Anniversary Ceremony of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement on 15 October 2023 at Myanmar International Convention Centre in Nay Pyi Taw.

Excellencies,
Distinguished participants,
It is a great privilege for me to represent the Royal Thai Government at the Eighth Anniversary Ceremony of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement or NCA today here in Nay Pyi Taw.
On this day eight years ago, Thailand was honoured to have witnessed the landmark signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement in Myanmar. It was an important milestone in the peace process of Myanmar. And Thailand was very pleased to have rendered its full support from the start.
The aim of the NCA was to “secure an enduring peace based on the principles of dignity and justice, through an inclusive political dialogue process involving all relevant stakeholders”.
Thailand fully supported this vision eight years ago. To this day, our support remains strong and consistent.
Thailand believes that the path toward peace in any country must be determined by its own people. The peace process in Myanmar must be Myanmar-led and Myanmar-owned, based on dialogue and reconciliation.
Peace, stability and prosperity of Myanmar and Thailand are closely linked and intertwined. As the next-door neighbour, Thailand remains steadfast in our commitment to forge a true partnership of mutual understanding, mutual respect and mutual benefit with Myanmar.
A peaceful, stable, and prosperous Myanmar is in Thailand’s interest and the interest of the region and ASEAN as a whole.

Excellencies,
Distinguished participants,
As we witness the events unfolding around the world, we are reminded that it is imperative to safeguard our peace and security. The path toward peace is never easy, with many challenges. It requires resolve, courage, and leadership. Peace can only succeed through engagement, dialogue, and reconciliation.
Thailand would like to urge all parties in Myanmar to stay the course on this path. We urge all parties to persevere and overcome the challenges that lie ahead, in order to find a way forward for the benefit of the people of Myanmar.
You can rest assured that Thailand remains as committed today as eight years ago to the goals and vision of NCA.
To conclude, I would like to extend my best wishes for Myanmar on her path toward successful peace process and national development through engagement of all stakeholders, so as to fulfill the aspirations of the entire nation and people of Myanmar. Thank you.

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