Six-party talk on the horizon

MPs attending the session of the Upper House of parliament on 21 January (Photo-EMG)

Upper House speaker Khin Aung Myint urged MPs to submit their suggestions about six-party talks to the parliament by January 23. He spoke at an Upper House of Parliament session on 21 January.

“The president sent a message to the Union parliament speaker about the proposal to hold a six-party talk. The Union parliament speaker then sent a message to the Upper House speaker asking for a response to the president as quickly as possible,” said speaker Khin Aung Myint.

“As the Upper House speaker, I will attend the meeting to discuss this matter. I would like to urge all MPs to send their suggestions to the parliament by January 23. MPs’ suggestions will be discussed at the meeting,” he added.

“The speaker has urged us to collect people’s and political groups’ desires. This should include workers and farmers. Both houses of parliament will have a discussion after all suggestions have been combined. All discussions must reflect the people’s aspirations. I have decided to give some suggestions. I need to think about what suggestion I should give as it is a national affair. And I need to think very deeply about it as I would officially have to discuss this matter at the parliament,” said MP Myint Tun, who submitted that proposal for a six-party meeting.

“I am sure the six-party talk is on the horizon, as the Upper House speaker has revealed it. This proposal was approved by the Union parliament. There should be frequent meetings between the country's leaders. Only then can the country's problems be solved,” said Myint Tun added.

“The Upper House speaker has agreed to the six-party talk. He will attend it. But I don’t know when it will be held. The president's message welcomes the six-party talk, but it mentions no exact date,” said MP Dr Myat Nyana Soe.

MP Myint Tun from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) submitted an urgent proposal to the Union parliament on November 25 calling for a six-party talk between the president, the Lower House speaker, the Upper House speaker, the chairperson of the National League for Democracy, the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services and an MP representing all ethnic groups.