A forum aiming at finding ways to achieve peace in Myanmar was held at the Green Hill Hotel in Yangon yesterday.
The forum was addressed by Dr Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong and Abbot U Awbarsa.
The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) Secretary U Hla Maung Shwe and Yangon Region Government Social Affairs Minister U Naing Ngan Lin participated on behalf of the government at the forum.
U Hla Maung Shwe said that the biggest challenge to the peace process is trust-building, and now is the most favourable time for the peace process as the new government has emerged and the State Counsellor has stepped up efforts for the process since 1st January by opening the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) office in Nay Pyi Taw and talking with young people about peace.
U Naing Ngan Lin said that the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement is a favourable condition for the country and urged the people to cooperate with the government as peace is within reach. As soon as non-signatories to the NCA sign, there will be no fighting between the ethnic armed groups and the government forces.
Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win, Secretary General of the Kayin National Union, said that people in the jungle, civil society organisations, as well as members of ethnic armed groups are demanding peace because there is no peace in their region and the NCA is an opportunity for peace.
However, writer Naung Kyaw pointed out that the current government and the defence services should be try to fulfil the wishes of the people. They should solve problems caused by political causes by political means, without considering ethnic armed groups as terrorists. The government and the government troops should declare a unilateral ceasefire, Naung Kyaw said.
The forum responded to the questions raised by the attendees.
Ye Khaung Nyunt