11 July 2018
The opening ceremony of the third session of the Union Peace Conference; 21st Century Panglong was held at Myanmar International Convention Center-2, Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday, with the presence of President U Win Myint.
Chairperson of the national reconciliation and Peace Center, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivered the opening speech.
The State Counsellor stressed that achieving peace that has been expected by the entire people since long time ago depends on the decision of the respective organizations gathered in the ceremony. She also expressed thanks to those who strived to achieve the signing the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, and expressed that the result of NCA has seen fruitful outcomes for all national brethren.
State Counsellor, H.E. Aung San Suu Kyi said “Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement has been come out through the discussion among the Government, Hluttaw and Tatmadaw based on the proposals made by the ethnic armed organizations. It is also the major door for holding the political dialogues which are being widely carried out these days. On the other hand, the national brethren who lived in the conflict areas and sandwiched between the armed clashes have now enjoyed the fruitful results of peace and security created by NCA.”
Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing also pointed out that the peace-making processes should be implemented based on democratic standards and the most-agreed points. He added that Tatmadaw is also making efforts for achieving peace process.
Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said “The NCA was signed with ten ethnic armed organizations. Under the present National League for Democracy-led government also, the Tatmadaw has joined the UPDJC and joint monitoring committees at various levels. The Tatmadaw is doing its utmost for the success of the government’s peace process based on its experience.”
Chairman of KNU Saw Mutu Say Phoe representing ethnic armed groups, vice chair of Rakhine National Party Daw Aye Nu Seing representing the political parties also extended welcoming remarks.
Representatives of 10 signatories, non-signatories ethnic armed groups, political parties, the special guests from home and abroad and the invited guests also attended the opening ceremony.