What are your expectations for this second Panglong conference?
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