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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing holds talks with officials of EU Political and Security Committee

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing meets officals of EU Political and Security Committee

Nay Pyi Taw November 10

Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received officials from the European Union Political and Security Committee at the meeting hall of Oustus Cipsius Building at the request of the committee in the evening after attending the European Union Military Committee Meeting held yesterday morning.

At the call, Chairman Mr. Walter Steven of the Political and Security Committee explained the committee’s outlooks on Myanmar’s reform process to the committee members. He then requested the Senior General to explain the country’s latest developments in political and security affairs.

The Senior General briefed on political situations from the British colonial period to the independence period, political conditions from the post-independence period to the rule of the incumbent multi-party democratic government, the Tatmadaw’s stance and attitude in the multi-party democratic era and promotion and maintenance of the multi-party democratic system in cooperation with the government that emerged in accord with the people’s desire.

The Senior General continued to say that there have been two government terms since the Tatmadaw firmly maintained the road the people chose. The successive governments made peace efforts so as to end internal armed confl icts born together with the country’s independence. In 2015 eight armed ethnic organizations signed the NCA. The confl icts in Rakhine State are not the ethnic issues and they have resulted from the Bengalis entering Myanmar for various reasons throughout the colonial period. Multi-party democracy has been adopted since 2011. Under the multiparty democracy system, political disagreement must be solved through political means. Political demands cannot be made through the armed struggle line. The Tatmadaw has been stabilizing and strengthening the nation’s political path. The Tatmadaw has been in the rescue mission to stop using displaced persons of confl ict areas as human shield and to send them back to their homes soonest. We are grateful to EU friends for providing humanitarian aid to the persons who left their homes to escape war. It is important to ensure that the aid actually reaches them and that the aid does not fall into wrong hands.

The Senior General then answered the queries raised by the participants.

Present together with the Senior General at the meeting were Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Mya Tun Oo and Myanmar Ambassador to Belgium and the EU U Paw Lwin Sein. Members of EU Political and Security Committee, ambassadors of 28 EU member states and observers also attended the meeting.

The Myawady Daily

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