Senior General Min Aung Hlaing shakes hands with VOA Director Ms.Amada Bennett
Nay Pyi Taw October 18
Tatmadaw wants not only Myanmar citizens but also all world people to get right news and right insights. Getting right news and right insights is of great importance. It is assumed that the lack of it may lead to the instability in the world. Wrong insights may result in wrong decision-making. Emphasis is being placed on getting right news and insights by Tatmadawmen, said Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing while meeting with a delegation led by Ms. Amada Bennett, director of Voice of America (VOA) from Washington, D.C, at the Bayintnaung villa, here, at 9 am yesterday.
Also present at the call together with the Senior General were Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Mya Tun Oo and senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army). The director of the VOA was accompanied by Ms. Kelu Chao, associate director of the VOA International Broadcasting Programmes.
At the call, the Senior General said that the Tatmadaw had taken responsibility for the reforms to shift from the single party system to the multi-party democracy system, which was aspired by the people after the Tatmadaw government took over the country’s power in 1988. The multi-party democracy general election was held after the 2008 Constitution was approved. It handed over the country’s power to the first democratically-elected government systematically. With regard to the second multi-party democracy general election held in 2015, the Tatmadaw would recognize the government elected by the people. The Union Election Commission approved that the 2015 election was free and fair. The Tatmadaw make necessary cooperation with the government. The Tatmadaw could rightfully do it as promised.
The guest VOA director discussed news broadcasting of VOA as an independent news agency, programmes on practices of democracy to be broadcast throughout the world as this year is to mark the 75th anniversary of VOA, actual situations of Myanmar, plans of broadcasting the attitudes of the Commander-in- Chief of Defence Services and the people, and promotion of cooperation in news broadcasting process of VOA.
With regard to the discussions, the Senior General said the Tatmadaw government and single party government have practised centralization system for about 50 years from 1962 to 2011. So, the country has no practice of democracy. The Senior General explained gradual reform processes in administrative, economic and politic trends to have democracy practice. Although some global countries faced difficulties and deterioration in similar reform processes and power sharing process, Myanmar could carry out its reform and power sharing processes smoothly by taking a long time. The Tatmadaw takes pride of present situation of the nation due to its careful undertakings. The Tatmadaw, on its part, carries out the tasks in order to straighten the present way of multi-party democracy through political trend and situation of peace and stability. Strenuous efforts will be made to restore peace and stability on which emergence of changes will depend. The Senior General expressed his delights in recent removal of the rules by the United States of America against Myanmar.
Then, they cordially discussed past situation of the US’s push and advice based on misunderstanding to Myanmar during the period of reform process, the role of VOA to disseminate correctness to each strata from the US which remain some misunderstandings over Myanmar and the Tatmadaw, and promotion of cooperation in broadcasting. After the meeting, the Senior General presented the gift to the director of the Voice of America and posed for documentary photo with the delegation members.
The Myawady Daily