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Published on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 15:19
The government expects to establish peace nationwide during its term so that the next government can focus on development, President’s Office Minister Aung Min told a gathering of civil society members on Sunday.
Speaking at the Myanmar Peace Centre, he said that if the government was unable to complete the process of establishing peace the next government could continue it. “Myanmar will have an election in 2015 and the people will choose the government most suitable for them. If the peace process is not finished in this government’s term, the next democratic government will complete the job,” said Aung Min, who is also vice-chairman of the government’s Peace Making Committee.
“We will do what we can before the election, but if we don’t succeed the next government can continue [working for peace],” Aung Min said.
President’s Office Minister Soe Thein told the same forum that ensuring peace was a greater achievement than switching from military to civilian rule. Soe Thein also said one goal of this government was to achieve peace so that the next government could focus on development.
Aung Min said the government was trying to build mutual trust in order to bring peace to Kachin State, noting that fighting had ceased for a few days.
The Peace Making Committee could not achieve peace on its own, he said. The army, armed ethnic groups, social organisations and citizens have to join forces to ensure peace, he said.