The Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) will try to hold a national-level political dialogue although it was not allowed to hold Arakan nationality political dialogue, Saw Mya Yarzar Lin, CEC member of the ALP.
The remarks came from her meeting with the journalists during a break after the ALP’s review meeting on the Union Peace Conference also known as the 21st Century Panglong Conference held at Green Hill Hotel in Yangon on August 26.
“We are not allowed to hold Arakan nationality political dialogue, but we will have to try to the best of our ability to hold the meetings representing the entire national people. We keep on putting on pressure in order to allow us to hold national-level political dialogue,” said Saw Mya Yarzar Lin.
In the previous government, eight ethnic armed organisations including the ALP signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA). The government does not allow the ALP to hold the national-level political dialogue in Rakhine State as there is political instability.
“The government pointed out the current situation in Rakhine State, especially the northern part of Rakhine, a border area. In reality, the northern part of Rakhine State is not a single issue of border. It is not a part of Rakhine State, but it is the part of the whole country.
“Rakhine should not be ignored. We really want peace. We want the country to change with good things. We believe that our country will early accept our acts of goodwill some day. We will put pressure on the country through goodwill,” said Saw Mya Yarzar Lin.
Similarly, the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), has not held the national-level political dialogue yet. The national-level political dialogue includes region, nationality and subject.
The working committees must submit the proposals and recommendations resulting from the national-level political dialogues to the Union Peace Conference through the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC).
The Arakan Liberation Party ( ALP) is a Rakhine political party in Myanmar. The party has an armed wing, the Arakan Liberation Army (ALA), which has 60 to 100 personnel. The ALA signed a ceasefire agreement with the government of Myanmar on April 5 in 2012 and became a signatory of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) on 15 October in 2015.
Translated and Edited by Win Htut