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Myanmar vice president calls for efforts to bring peace to country

08-13-2012 11:55 BJT

YANGON, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar Vice President Sai Mauk Kham has called for all-out efforts to bring peace to the country to pave way for building strong economy and boost development of the country.

Addressing the first ever meeting of the central -level peace making working committee in Nay Pyi Taw Sunday, Sai, who is the committee's chairman, disclosed that 10 out of 11 armed groups have reached agreements at state or central level and engagement is being made with each of the group. " Signing peace deal would not merely establish peace. Being a fragile situation, it can be reversible at any time," he warned'

He urged the government to render assistance to the families of the peace groups for making their living in the legal framework and ensuring their social security, saying that "Only when they are empowered to participate in the country's social, economic and political spheres burying the hatchets, will the eternal peace be established".

He stressed building of peace centers for social, economic and political affairs, local and foreign aid and settlement for internally displaced persons and encouragement to them to do business in the legal framework.

He also called for setting up liaison offices to maintain relations between the two sides.

He clarified that "the ultimate goal of the government is not to force peace groups to serve as border guard forces and the militia always but it is a temporary arrangement", adding that it is aimed in the long run to build a single Tatmataw (armed forces), in which all can serve in accordance with the constitution to protect the sovereignty of the country.

He reiterated that the government is committed to building peace for development of socio-economy, pointing that "the over 50- year armed conflicts have wasted time and wealth of the country".

"Myanmar, rich in natural resources and has a sizable population, was once one of the Asia's vibrant economies. Failure to gain peace is one of the reasons which cause Myanmar to fall into the status of the lease developed countries (LDC)," he singled out.

He emphasized the importance of peace to bring about development to the country and to bring it out of the LDC list.

Myanmar formed an 11-member central committee for peace making, headed by President U Thein Sein, and a 52-member working committee, led by Vice President Sai Mauk Kham on May 3, 2012 to effectively carry out peace negotiation tasks with ethnic armed groups in the country.

The committees laid down three steps of peace process -- talks at state level, talks at central level and talks in the parliament.

Firstly, talks at the state level include ceasefire, staying only in designated area, not holding arms beyond the areas and opening liaison offices, while secondly talks at central level include living forever in the country, accepting three main national causes, lawful business activities, participation in anti- narcotic drug, accepting the constitution and amending at the parliament if they want to and transformation into only one armed organization.

Thirdly, talks at the parliament include signing eternal peace deal by all nationalities at the parliament.

Meanwhile, at July meeting of the central peace-making committee, President U Thein Sein urged implementation of the peace-making process for ending the ethnic conflicts with sense of patience, tolerance, sympathy, mutual respect and equal relations.

So far, 10 out of 11 ethnic armed groups have reached preliminary peace pacts with the government at state or central levels since President U Thein Sein announced offering of peace talks with ethnic armed groups in August 2011. However, peace talks with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) remained deadlocked so far.



Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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