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Published on Monday, 07 January 2013 16:33
Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services Vice-Senior General Min Aung Hlaing will put emphasis on ceasefire for the development of the State, secretary Padoh Saw Mahn Mahn of Kayin National Union (KNU) said on January 6.
KNU leaders met Commander-in-Chief of Vice-Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and they held discussions on ceasefire, peace and military affairs during the visit to Nay Pyi Taw at the invitation of President Thein Sein.
“We met with the commander-in-chief for the first time and our visit is intended to strengthen ceasefire between the government and KNU. Moreover, we agreed to cooperate closely in the process of ceasefire,” the KNU secretary told Eleven Media Group.
In my opinion, ceasefire issue is not difficult to be addressed. The commander-in-chief said that the government had a ceasefire success rate of 75% with all ethnic groups. I consider that the military chief will place special emphasis on the ceasefire, Padoh Mahn Mahn said.
We hope it is likely to make progress in seeking solution of peace issue. It is necessary to initiate political engagement after the ceasefire. We must all enter into a political dialogue. If not so, it is really difficult to strengthen the ceasefire. If political crisis can’t be politically addressed, it can’t bring about genuine peace, the KNU secretary added.
Dr Zaw Min Oo of Myanmar Peace Center said that the KNU wanted the Tatmadaw (Defense Services) to support them. The KNU said they wished to meet with the commander-in-chief. The commander-in-chief also received a warm welcome to the KNU. Tatmadaw was supporting the KNU in the peace process. The meeting came to a peaceful end.
The KNU will continue the next stages in the agreement with the new government. The peace policy includes four stages—ceasefire, solid ceasefire, national reconciliation and political dialogue.
After the KNU leaders had left Nay Pyi Taw on January 6, they proceeded to Yangon to meet with Kayin nationals.