Two Mon Parties Reaffirm Agreement to Unite


Two Mon Parties Reaffirm Agreement to Unite

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Leaders of the two Mon political parties renewed their commitment to forming a unified party by signing an agreement to that effect on October 13.

The All Mon Regions Democracy Party (AMDP) and Mon Democracy Party (MDP) leaders met at a Mon temple in Mudon Township, Mon State. The following day, they released a statement announcing, “We all have one idea, one blood, and we agree to work all together in the future. We will row one paddle in one boat, with the struggle for our people as our goal, and this agreement is our main intention to benefit our people and our region.”

Leaders of AMDP and MDP signed agreement to join at a Buddhist temple in Moulmien on April. (Photo:IMNA)

Mon Buddhist monks led the negotiations that concluded at the sixth round of meetings, when AMDP Chairman Nai Ngwe Thein and MDP Deputy Chairman Nai Tin Oung inked their signatures on the agreement.

The two parties signed to demonstrate to Mon people that they continue to uphold their last agreement in Moulmein, which laid out four steps to unification. Those four points require the parties to unite, regular monthly meetings to ensure party consensus, ongoing joint talks to select a new party name, and completed unification by the end of 2014.

The recent statement also said, “We will continue to work with other ethnic groups for self-determination, equal rights, and to establish genuine federal union.”

The two parties will hold a workshop in December to discuss supporting the Mon population, the two parties’ goals, and current national politics related to Mon people.

“We have a better future after reaching this agreement,” said Nai Marng, a member of the Mon Democracy Party in Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State.

In April, some AMDP leaders signed an agreement in Moulmein to join together with the MDP, but higher-level members rejected the notion, which subsequently failed several times in negotiation due to complications with the monthly meetings.

This time, prominent AMDP leaders Nai Ngwe Thein, Nai Seik, and Nai San Thin signed the agreement, but two Mon hardliners did not attend, according to Mon monks.

According to sources, at the meeting Nai Ngwe Thein said, “Those who disagree to unite, let them stay somewhere else while we agree to join.

Nai Marng said, “There will be some leaders who disagree at the moment. But they may have to agree later because many of our Mon people want them to join.”

In mid-2011, an opinion poll was conducted to survey the opinions of Mon monks and Mon people living in Mon and Karen States regarding unification. The results exhibited strong support for the two parties to unite under one banner, but that outcome has been delayed until recently.

Several Mon Buddhist monks and community leaders hope that by having one united Mon political front, the party will sweep the regional 2015 elections and allow Mon people to govern Mon State.


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