What are your ex­pec­ta­tions for this sec­ond Pan­g­long con­fer­ence?

The Myanmar Times - - News -

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, state coun­sel­lor and head of the Union Peace Di­a­logue Joint Com­mit­tee, at an Au­gust 24 prepara­tory meet­ing How many years will we have to wait if we can’t achieve success this time? I would like you to con­sider how much the coun­try hurt dur­ing the time we have been wait­ing for peace. I’d like you to con­sider how much our coun­try lost out in de­vel­op­ment.

An­drew Pa­trick, Bri­tish am­bas­sador to Myan­mar We warmly wel­come this new stage in the peace process, and hope that it will rep­re­sent a step to­wards a peace­ful and pros­per­ous fu­ture which all eth­nic groups can share, based on a fed­eral sys­tem. I know also how much peo­ple want the vi­o­lence to end, and hope that this meet­ing can con­trib­ute to that. It is not for in­ter­na­tional community to lay down what the fu­ture should look like, but I want to stress that we will con­tinue to of­fer our full sup­port.

Scot Mar­ciel, US am­bas­sador to Myan­mar We strongly sup­port the peace process, and see the Union Peace Con­fer­ence - the 21st-cen­tury Pan­g­long - as a very im­por­tant and pos­i­tive step for­ward. We recog­nise that there is still much work to do, and many chal­lenges to over­come, but we ap­plaud the will­ing­ness of all of the par­tic­i­pants to come to­gether to try to find a way for­ward to­gether. We hope the meet­ing will be a mile­stone in Myan­mar’s ef­forts to achieve a durable peace, na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, and a demo­cratic fed­eral Union.

U Aung Kyi, head of gov­ern­ment peace ad­vi­sory think tank Peace means solv­ing the armed forces’ con­flicts. In or­der to able to solve the con­flicts, we need to know the in­ten­tions of all the re­lated peo­ple. Then, we can con­tinue by mak­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions based on sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences. That’s why in my opin­ion the 21st-cen­tury Pan­g­long Con­fer­ence is so im­por­tant.

Sai Nyunt Lwin, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Shan Na­tion­al­i­ties League for Democ­racy There were two main tasks fol­low­ing from the 1947 Pan­g­long Agree­ment. The first one was to achieve in­de­pen­dence, which was ac­com­plished. But the sec­ond task, to es­tab­lish a fed­eral Union based on free­dom and equal­ity, has not been achieved so far. So, I think this 21st-cen­tury Pan­g­long Con­fer­ence has the duty to im­ple­ment that un­fin­ished task.

– Ei Ei Toe Lwin and Shoon Naing, trans­la­tion by Thiri Min Htun

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