MPs demon­strate sup­port for his­toric peace gather­ing

The Myanmar Times - - News - YE MON yeemon­tun@mm­ – Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Pyae Thet Phyo, trans­la­tion by San Layy

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.

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 Com­man­derin-Chief Se­nior Gen­eral Min Aung Hlaing are ex­pected to speak at the open­ing cer­e­mony.

Photo: Aung Htay Hlaing

NLD pa­tron UTin Oo speaks in sup­port of the Pan­g­long Con­fer­ence at theYan­gon Re­gion Hlut­taw yes­ter­day.

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