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Ethnic Political Party Alliance Calls for Federal Cooperation in Peace Process

Kaowao
Monday, October 29, 2012

Burma’s alliance of ethnic political parties has urged the Burmese army to work towards and cooperate with the peace process in Burma out of a belief that there can be a successful peace process if the army is involved, according to the group.

Leaders of ethnic leaders who are members of UNA Hosted a meeting yesterday at SNLD Office in Rangoon. (Photo:SNLD/Facebook).

Approximately fifteen members of the United Nationalities Alliance (UNA), the alliance of ethnic political parties, released a statement today saying that In order to move forward towards the democratic process planned by Burmese President Thein Sein, the army should stop fighting in Kachin State, grant amnesty to all political prisoners in Burma, and then hold national reconciliation.

“We want the army to cooperate and work with the peace process. As you can see with the current situation, there has often been fighting despite ceasefire agreements being in place,” Said Sai Late, a spokesperson for the Shan National League for Democracy (SNLD) and member of the UNA.

He added that the UNA believes that there will be stable peace if the army is actively involved in the peace process, which is why his group is openly encouraging the army to cooperate.

The UNA wants the government to first announce amnesty and then have the army cooperate and work with the peace process. The final step is for the government to hold a national reconciliation in which external and internal politicians can participate.

The UNA found that there is no cooperation from the army in the peace process, which explains why fighting continues in Kachin and Shan States despite the Burmese government having worked for peace in both these ethnic states.

“In order to build peace, there should first be trust building. Without trust building, there will be a lack of peace, so there can be no peace. However, there is a need to first have a ceasefire, and then there should be trust building,” read the UNA statement.

“There should be political dialogue. and at that time this political dialogue will be a place where all people can meet face-to-face and present their ideas about how to restore peace in the country,” said Sai Late.

“Additionally, there should be no divide and rule. If there is, it will be impossible to implement peace in the country and we will never have a stable democracy or development,” he said.
 
The UNA believes the primary problem in Burma is that the 2008 federal constitution was written by and for the military, and therefore blocks the road to peace. If the constitution spoke of the need for ethnic rights and set out fair terms, peace could easily be set in Burma.

“Our ethnic people want equal rights and we want to have a federalist system in our country. We cannot solve the ethnic problem without this. It is necessary to amend the constitution to reach this end,” said Sai Late.


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