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Peace guidelines not set in stone: Naypyitaw negotiator

Speaking to 14 political parties meeting at Rangoon-based Myanmar Egress training school on Sunday, U Aung Min, “Minister Without Borders” as he likes to call him self, told Shan elected leader Hkun Htoon Oo the government’s controversial 8 point guidelines for union level negotiations could be jointly amended.

The 8 points are:

  • To remain forever in the Union
  • To accept the Three National Causes i.e. Non-disintegration of the Union, Non-disintegration of National Sovereignty and Perpetuation of National Sovereignty
  • To cooperate in economic and development tasks legally
  • To cooperate in the elimination of narcotic drugs
  • To set up political parties and enter elections
  • To accept the (2008) constitution and to make necessary amendments in the parliament by majority consent
  • To fully enter the legal fold for permanent peace and live, move, work and consume in accord with the constitution
  • To coordinate existence of only a single armed forces in accord with the constitution

U Aung Min, vice chairman of the Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC), was soliciting for cooperation from political parties and civil societies for peace building and democratization.

Hkun Htoon Oo, Aung Min (Minister), Khin Maung Swe (NDF) and Sai Nyunt Lwin at a reception in Yangon (Photo – Ko Phyo Gyi / Kawli Media)

Hkun Htoon Oo, Aung Min (Minister), Khin Maung Swe (NDF) and Sai Nyunt Lwin at a reception in Yangon (Photo – Ko Phyo Gyi / Kawli Media)

Hkun Htoon Oo, leader of the re-registered Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) that won the most seats statewide and second most seats nationwide in the 1990 elections, replied that he would be happy to cooperate but there were three issues that needed to be dealt with:

  • The first is that the military is still launching attacks despite the fact that ceasefire agreements have been signed
  • Guidelines # 1-4 are generally acceptable. However, as to # 5-8, most of the movements think they should be resolved outside the parliament in an all-inclusive conference
  • Non-partisan peace monitors would also need full assurance that they would face no legal prosecutions in the event that peace talks fail and war resumes

U Aung Min, according to SNLD’s deputy leader Sai Nyunt Lwin, replied: “The guidelines are not carved in stone. We can discuss and amend them as necessary. Right now, we are working hard to hold a Panglong-like political dialogue before the end of 2014.”

The 1947 Panglong Conference had brought Burma, Shan, Kachin and Chin together to form a union based on “full autonomy in internal administration,” “financial autonomy” and “rights and privileges fundamental in democratic countries.”

With regards to peace monitors, he assured that the notorious Section 17/1, by which a person could be prosecuted for unlawful association, would not be applicable. “And suppose you were taken into custody, I promise to be there to get you out,” he said. “And if you were not released even then, I promise I would remain with you in jail.”

U Aung Min said earlier that rules and regulations for peace monitors were being drafted.

However, he had little to say about current military operations launched by the Burma Army against ceasefire armies.

The latest flare-ups took place in Hsipaw on 18 July and in Mongpiang on 22 July.

The meeting, organized by Myanmar Egress, commonly regarded as the government’s NGO, was also attended by Arakan league for Democracy (ALD), Mon Democracy party (MDP), National Unity Party (NUP), Chin Progressive Party (CPP), PaO National Organization (PNO) and Karen People’s Party (KPP), among others.