Chairman of the State Administration Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received a peace delegation led by Vice-Chairman (1) of Shan State Progress Party (SSPP) Sao Khur Tai at the parlour of Bayintnaung Villa in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning to talk about peace issues.
The peace talk was also attended by Vice-Chairman of the State Administration Council Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win, Council members General Mya Tun Oo, Lt-Gen Moe Myint Tun and Lt-Gen Yar Pyae. The Vice-Chairman (1) of Shan State Progress Party (SSPP) was accompanied by Vice-Chairman (2) Sao Khun Seng and Central Committee member Sao Naw Leik.
At the talks, the Senior General explained the efforts of the Tatmadaw in successive eras for ending the internal armed conflicts and paving the path to multiparty democracy, and the need to enjoy the freedom of expression and entitlements and demand the requirements in democracy peacefully under the law. The Senior General said the Hluttaw is the highest platform in political trend in democracy, and more ethnic representatives must join the political platform in the Hluttaw so as to demand rights of their regions under the law. He explained plans to openly discuss demands of the ethnic armed organizations and actually necessary and appropriate points for the regions and the State in the peace talks, needs to hold discussions with a wider scope of knowledge for the sake of the Union, measures for exercising the multiparty democratic system in line with the people’s wish, and building the Union based on democracy and federalism.
The Vice-Chairman (1) and party of the Shan State Progress Party (SSPP) expressed their pleasure in inviting them to join the peace talks and discussed the plan of the Shan State Progress Party (SSPP) to actively participate in the peace talks, the potential for building the modernized future Union if all ethnic people make utmost efforts in unison, exercising the multiparty democratic system, and expressed their same attitudes for construction of a Union based on democracy and federalism and reported on regional development measures.
Then, the Senior General also discussed that the Tatmadaw decided to continue serving as the guardian of the country and is carrying out the tasks under the law, adding that ethnic organizations are to do their tasks for enjoying the democracy and federal rights under the law, disciplines and democratic practice. They frankly exchanged their views on peace and regional development measures.
After the meeting, the Senior General presented gifts to the Vice-Chairman (1) and party of the Shan State Progress Party (SSPP) who returned domestic gifts. They all posed for documentary photos.
The Vice-Chairman (1) and party of the Shan State Progress Party (SSPP) will continue peace talks with the Peace Talks Committee and the National Solidarity and Peacemaking Negotiation Committee formed with Council members by the State Administration Council. —MNA