Seven-year peace move should be reviewed

Writer: 
Min Naing Soe
The peace move made by the government during seven years should be reviewed with the aim of achieving success in the peace process, said Executive Director Aung Naing Oo.
 
The remarks came from the launching of the book with the title of “Lessons Learned from Myanmar’s Peace Process” written by Aung Naing Oo held at Novotel Hotel in Yangon on August 22. 
 
“When we look at peace, is it piece by piece? Therefore, all of us should review the peace move. It is a particular strategy. The peace move should be thoroughly reviewed. Especially, we are making peace move for six years,” said Aung Naing Oo.
 
Similarly, Columbia made reviews of its peace process step by step. It saw a success in the last step toward peace process, said Aung Naing Oo.
“Columbia is also the same matter to Myanmar. Columbia reviewed its peace process step by step. It achieved success in the last stage. Our peace move has been for seven years. It’d better review the peace process,” said Aung Naing Oo.
 
Myanmar initiated peace process implementation since on August 18 in 2011. On that day, President Thein Sein invited ethnic armed organizations (EAO) to peace discussions. In the previous government, eight ethnic armed organisations led by the Karen National Union (KNU) managed to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA). In the time of the current so-called civilian government, the New Mon State Party (NMSP) and Lahu Democratic Union (LDU) inked the NCA with the government. 
 
Aung Naing Oo is now an executive director of Technical Secretariat Centre of Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee, who also served peace matters during the previous government.
 
U Aung Naing Oo served as Director of Center for Peace and Reconciliation, a Yangon-based independent think-tank that closely works with various stakeholders for peace-building and national reconciliation in Myanmar. During 2012 to 2015, he led #Peace Dialogue Program of Myanmar Peace Center, and contributed his expertise and experience to the drafting of the historic Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and ethnic armed organizations.
 
The Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee was formed with the representatives of government and EAOs and civilians. There are 26 representative at the Union level, 14 at Region and State level, 8 at the regional level. 
 
Translated and Edited by Win Htut