Ethnic Mon Monks Face Accusations of Partiality in Face of Difficult Political Talks


Ethnic Mon Monks Face Accusations of Partiality in Face of Difficult Political Talks

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Ethnic Mon Buddhist monks in Mon State who have lost hope after nearly a year of political negotiations have yet to see any signs of agreement between the two Mon political parties to join as one, according to Mon sources.

Party's Logo from MDP and AMDP

Speaking to Kaowao, the Ven. Sauhkha Hongsar, a senior Mon Buddhist monk in Thanbyuzayat Towship, Mon State, and member of the negotiating committee between the two political parties, said, “We’ve experienced much despair from this negotiation. Even though we have been working for a year, no result has yet to come out.

We have wasted time in negotiating, and even some critics have imbalanced our position by claiming we have been supporting the MDP (Mon Democracy Party).”

Buddhist monks and leaders from the Mon community want the two political parties, the All Mon Regions Democracy Party (AMDP) and MDP, to merge in order to create a unified force against opposition parties in the 2015 election.

Leaders from MDP and AMDP met for negotiation at a monastery in Moulmein, capital of Mon State. (Photo:IMNA)

Nai Cham Toi, the chief editor of the Moulmein-based Than Lwin Times, said that Mon people should think about how to work together despite being unable to unite, instead of blaming each other for the outcome.

“I want them to join together as one party, but if they cannot, Mon people should accept the idea of multiple political parties, which is a part of the system of democracy, because our people have always been supportive of democracy.”

There was an agreement between the two parties to meet once month for negotiations, but AMDP leaders have not regularly attended the meetings, claiming that Mon monks have grounds for taking only one side.

“They [AMDP] agreed to meet in Ye Township this month, but they were absent at last month’s meeting. We must decide on a solution if they do not attend the meeting again,” said the Ven.Sauhkha Hongsar.

The two parties agreed to a four-point agreement at a meeting held in Moulmein in April of this year.   Under this agreement, the two parties were to unite and hold monthly meetings to ensure party unity and decide upon a new name for the unified party. These talks were supposed to be concluded by the end of 2014, at which point the two parties would officially unite.

AMDP leaders  were also absent from the 65th Mon Revolution Day in Panga Village, Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State, which received about one-thousand ethnic Mon people as well as leaders of the 88 Generation Students group on September 1st.

Leaders from MDP and AMDP met for negotiation at a monastery in Moulmein, capital of Mon State. (Photo:IMNA)


Feedback From
Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 6:19 AM
Name of sender: nine
Email of sender: nineten109@yahoo.com
COMMENTS: That is exectly how Than Shwe wants Mon people to be, fighting among our two parties. That is why before 2010 Than Shwe want Mon people to form party to contest in 2010 election. And again Than Shwe approved Mon Democracy Party. that is very clear. they want our Mon people to fight each other. so that is why some old leaders don't want to be unite as one party. and now they want MNSP to form another  party . that is a trap. very sorry for Mon people.
Feedback From
Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Name of sender: Nai Banya Hongsar
Email of sender: channai@hotmail.com
COMMENTS: Dear Mon Leaders (MDP and AMRDP) In 2015, NMSP will be on test of transition from armed revolution toward political revolution in the heartland. In 2019 or 2020, NMSP's leaders shall be reaching the heartland for popular election if the current prediction is right, but I may be wrong. However, MDP and AMRDP leaders will not survive in new political arena unless a smart policy is in place, and also, NLD is watching us likewise USDP men and women. To be blunt, current MDP and AMDRP are aging, you are over 50+ and old. It is time to wake up and find new and youth leadership team. If Mon leaders are divided, do not blame others. It is time that our leaders find a win-win or a balance view in social, cultural and politcal goals. We need over 100 Mon journalist, 300 Mon youth leaders and 600 Mon teachers, and also 600 Mon medical doctors for our fate. We also need 10 Mon banks and 5 Mon Universityies for our sake. We then also need 60 Mon leaders for all Mon cities and towns to work for health, education and peace. Overall, we need 1000 Mon monks to teach Mon langaug cultures in all Mon villages. It is a untied force to compete with other people. If we do not have a strong leadership team but with a weak human and financial resoruces, in 2020, we then miss the boat of political revolution again. In fact, we made our own history of the time. Over 255 years, we lost our political power, but it is time to reflect what went wrong by then. Our monks must find alternative conflict resolutin with wisdom.
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