Nay Pyi Taw January 14
Myanmar has begun holding the Union Peace Conference, an important milestone in history.Today’s situation has reached as all have expected since over 60 years of instability. And this is the very first step and the country has a lot of hard work ahead, said Senior General Min Aung Hlaing,Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services in a meeting with European Union Ambassador H.E. Mr. Roland Kobia at Bayintnaung villa in Nay Pyi Taw at 9.30 am yesterday.
Also present at the call were Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win and Lt-Gen Mya Tun Oo of the office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army).
The Senior General said there would be ardent cooperation until success is achieved as the peace process is the country’s internal issue. The survival and life security of the ethnic armed groups must be considered in building peace.The government is responsible for those who want to live as ordinary civilians, while the Tatmadaw (Defence Services) need to do everything for those wishing to perform military duties in line with rules and regulations. The Constitution has already given equal rights for all the national races as well as all states and regions across the country, added the Senior General.
He said armed struggle for one’s own protection and power is unacceptable, and there must be one single Tatmadaw. It should be understood that the Tatmadaw is working for the good of the country in order that the current situation could not lose its balance while practicing democracy and implementing the peace process, said the Senior General.
The EU Ambassador said Myanmar’s reform process would set an example to the international community. Efforts are being made to promote the EU-Myanmar relations. He said there would also be more cooperation between the armed forces of Myanmar and EU countries.
Both sides then cordially discussed the EU involvement in Myanmar’s peace process, EU-Myanmar military affairs, democratization,international conflicts based on religion.
The Myawady Daily