Monday, September 25, 2017

MPs demonstrate support for historic peace gathering

Yangon Region’s parliament focused its attention yesterday on a show of support for the upcoming Panglong Conference. The three-hour long event was attended by MPs, officials from the National League for Democracy regional office and civil society groups.

NLD patron U Tin Oo speaks in support of the Panglong Conference at the Yangon Region Hluttaw yesterday. Photo: Aung Htay Hlaing / The Myanmar TimesNLD patron U Tin Oo speaks in support of the Panglong Conference at the Yangon Region Hluttaw yesterday. Photo: Aung Htay Hlaing / The Myanmar Times

Only four military MPs were missing from the regional parliament roster.

NLD patron U Tin Oo encouraged participants in the Panglong Conference to trust each other.

“There are suspicions lurking behind the peace process which can cause delays to the negotiation’s success,” he said. “If they [the participants] truly want peace, they must set aside their arms and come to discuss.”

He added that he has no doubts that the so-called 21st-century Pang­long Conference will achieve its aims.

U Ko Ko Gyi, from the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society, said yesterday that the new government will face difficulty maintaining rule of law, especially in the border areas, if there is no peace agreement.

MP Daw Sandar Min (NLD; Seikgyi Kanaungto 1) encouraged other state and region parliaments to hold similar events showing support for the government’s peace process.

Yesterday, Nay Pyi Taw’s Zeyathiri township held a public rally in support of the peace conference following similar events held in Mandalay and Yangon over the weekend. Around 200 people gathered for the community-organised Zeyathiri event, which included songs and speeches, and was attended by some members of parliament.

The peace conference starts tomorrow in Nay Pyi Taw. President U Htin Kyaw, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing are expected to speak at the opening ceremony.


Additional reporting by Pyae Thet Phyo, translation by San Layy