UPDJC political parties group, local people hold talks on peace, building federal union in Sittway

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Talks on peace and building a federal union in progress in Sittway Township on 27 November, 2018.  
Photo: Tin Tun-IPRD

Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee’s political parties group held a pace talks titled “From Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong to the peoples- presenting and discussing peace making processes and talks on internal peace and building a federal Union” in Sittway Township yesterday.
Speaking at the opening session of the talks, U Thu Wai, Vice Chairman of the UPDJC said the talks between the political parties group and the peoples in Rakhine State is aimed at achieving peace, stressing the need to building a federal democratic nation through dialogues and cooperation among the peoples.
The people of Myanmar had lived under the one party system and under the rule by a group of people for many years. Since 2010, Myanmar has practiced the democratic system, he said.
The new system is better than the old one, and those who would lead the new system need to build themselves to be qualified and need to help the people to have enough knowledge to elect good leaders, he said.
“Peace and national reconciliation processes are being jointly carried out by the government and armed groups through dialogues over drafting rules, means and ways. Both are committed to peace through the ways they written and the prospects for peace is good,” said U Thu Wai.
He also suggested the people not getting stuck in the past and to work together for the future.
Afterwards, U Min Zeyar Oo, secretariat member of the UPDJC, discussed the peace making processes with the attendees. U Naing Ngan Lin, secretariat member of the UPDJC and Yangon Region Minister for Social Affairs, discussed civil society-CSOs forums.
In the afternoon session, U Hla Maung Shwe, Secretariat member of the UPDJC, authors U Maung Maung Soe, Dr. Sai Khaing Myo Tun of the International Relations Department of the Yangon University, U Oo Hla Saw of Arakan National Party, took part in the discussion.

—Tin Tun-IPRD
(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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