Myanmar state counselor stresses flexibility, broad-mindedness in achieving peace, emergence of federal union

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-28 22:13:13|Editor: Xiang Bo
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NAY PYI TAW, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday stressed the need to have flexibility and broadmindedness in achieving genuine peace and emergence of a federal union.

Suu Kyi, who is Chairperson of both the National Reconciliation and Peace Center and the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee, made the remarks at a ceremony held in Nay Pyi Taw to mark the 4th anniversary of the signing of the government's Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA).

Suu Kyi outlined three-step peace process to be pursued by the government in the future.

The first step, she said, is to lay down a common process on how to carry on the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference and to obtain framework agreements on the implementation of the NCA.

These agreements will become the first part of the Union Accord to be signed in the forthcoming 4th Panglong Peace Conference.

The second step, she said, the 51 federal-related basic principles previously adopted will be combined with the newly agreed ones to become the second part of the union accord in future 4th Panglong Peace Conference.

The third step, she added, is to seek common agreements on implementing prioritized work programs at respective levels in the post-2020 general election. These agreements will become the third part of the union accord in the 4th Panglong peace conference.

Suu Kyi called on all stakeholders to strive for the success in achieving all these steps of future peace process.

So far, 10 ethnic armed groups have signed the NCA with the government since it was initiated in October 2015 and the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conferences were held thrice in August 2016, May 2017 and July 2018 respectively.