The Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Press Release Team
Press Release (1/2005)
19 January, 2015
15th Waning day of Pyatho, 1376 ME
Press release on response of the president to the important motion of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on six-party talks
1. On 26-11-2014, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw speaker sent a letter informing of the president that the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approved the important motion put forward by Representative U Myint Tun of Bago Region Constituency (10) after submission and debates in support of it at the 33rd day of the 11th regular session of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw held on 25-11-2015 to the president for consideration.
2. Concerning the important motion, the president sent a reply to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw speaker on 17-1-2015. Following is unofficial translation of the reply.
Reference: Letter No.1/Pahta(meeting)8/2014-153 sent to the president by the speaker of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw dated 26-11-2014.
1. The following important motion submitted at and approved by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw was sent to the president for consideration.
“The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw urges the president to hold talks among the president, the speaker of the Pyithu Hluttaw, the speaker of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, the chairperson of the National League for Democracy, a Hluttaw representative from national races group and the commander-in-chief of the defence services as soon as possible for the emergence of the state constitution conforming with the times and the political system and for paving way for favourable conditions for nation building tasks for present and future Myanmar.
2. The government led by the president has been taking measures for various stages of reform for the stability and economic development of the country since it took office. The government has placed an emphasis on dialogues for all-inclusiveness of the reform and equal rights of all citizens based on the state constitution. In doing so, the government has successfully adopted, through dialogues, a new political culture, in which cooperation is made for common points of view and further negotiations are held to find solutions for disagreements. It is obvious that one of the outcomes of the negotiation is the participation of representatives of the National League for democracy in the Hluttaws. Moreover, in order to build national unity that is essential for building the future nation, a 14-party talks including the president, vice presidents, the speaker of the Pyithu Hluttaw, the speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw, the commander-in-chief of defence services, the chairman of the Union Election Commission, the deputy commander-in-chief of defence services and political parties of national races was held on 31-10-2014 taking the example of the Panglong Conference organized by Bogyoke Aung San, and adopted frameworks to hold further dialogues which are under way. On 12-1-2015, a meeting participated by political leaders, ethnic affairs ministers and representatives was held. The government welcomes the request for six-party talks as it is a fine political practice in conformity with the government’s new political culture and is based on the principle of finding solutions through negotiations.
3. According to the letter referred to, the objectives of the six-party talks are found to be as follows.
(a) Emergence of a state constitution conforming with the time and the political system
(b) Paving way for favourable conditions in building the present and future Myanmar
4. Concerning one of the objectives of the six-party talks for emergence of a state constitution in conformity with the time and the political system, as it is impossible for any country to possess a state constitution that is completely in conformity with the time and the political system, the state constitution (2008) cannot be said to be fully in conformity with the time and the political system. However, it is known to all citizen who abide by the state constitution that the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw is the most constitutionally responsible institution to amend the state constitution so that it is in conformity with the time and political system. Ways and means to amend the state constitution are stipulated under Section 433, 434, 435, 436 of Chapter 12 of the state constitution when it is necessary to amend the constitution. Amendment of the state constitution is to be carried out step by step at the Hluttaw by abiding by the provisions of the state constitution and at some points, it is to be done and approved with the will of the citizen through a national referendum. The president is ready to abide by the decision of the Hluttaw if the constitutional amendment is carried out in accordance with the 2008 state constitution. It should be careful that the state constitution is amended by breaching the provisions, it is against the rule of law.
5. The second objective of paving way for favourable conditions for the present and future Myanmar is a comprehensive task that is concerned with the entire nation and all national races. It is advisable that in addition to Hluttaw representatives, the government and the Tatmadaw, others people who should participate in such a task that has a national impact should be invited. As for the matter, the decisions of Yangon Region Hluttaw and Sagaing Region Hluttaw and desire of the people in Shan State and Chin State and other national races should be taken into consideration.
6. The points of the request sent are just the titles of each points, it is necessary to send the frameworks and details for each title for preparations.
7. The letter referred to calling for the six-party talks led by the president is a fine task. However, it is advisable that it would be better if arrangements are made for representation of all national races, social organizations and political forces, framework acceptable to all transparency. Therefore, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw is required to inform the government of how such a dialogue should be held.
3. The press release is issued for the public so that they may know the response of the president to the important motion of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw calling for a six-party talks.
Press Release Team
The Republic of the Union of Myanmar