Unique and positive transformations for the people at the grassroots level could see and feel better changes to occur in peace: State Counsellor

Writer: 
Soe Min Htaik
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech at the closing ceremony of the Third Session of the Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong. (Photo- Maung Htoo)
 
It is important for the people at the grassroots level to see and feel unique and positive transformations in peace, said State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. 
 
Following is an unofficial translation of a speech delivered by National Reconciliation and Peace Centre Chairperson State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the closing ceremony of the Third Session of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong held in Nay Pyi Taw on July 16. 
 
“Unique and positive transformations that people at the grassroots level could see and feel need to occur in peace. The voices of the people from relevant regions need to be listened to by our 21st Century Panglong Conference. Each group needs to strive toward reconciliation trickling down to the grassroots level. Our government will strive towards developing the social life of ethnic nationals and people in the conflict areas and all are urged to cooperate in this.
 
“When the security sector was negotiated, all were seen to be very cautious. For the peace process, it is very important to have good results in the security sector. A complete Union Accord needs to have agreements in security sector. To resolve this difficulty, the construction and design of our political discussion framework is to be reviewed courageously and we must strive toward making a better work process,” said Aung San Suu Kyi.
 
Aung San Suu Kyi added, “Recognizing the result of the Third Session of the conference
Chairman and conference delegates, In our Third Session of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong, agreements were reached on a total of fourteen points. Four were in political sector, one in economic sector, seven in social sector and two in land sector. We were unable to reach an agreement in the security sector this time.
 
We were unable to reach an agreement in the security sector this time. Two things can be made out of this. One is the fact that although the Constitution contains the desires of the ethnic nationals, they want to include words that are more exact. Another is including matters not included in the Constitution in the Union Accord. The agreed points are part of the Union Accord. These are new steps taken toward signing a complete Union Accord the next time.”
 
At the same time, ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) that didn’t sign the NCA (Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement) but attended the conference at our invitation were able to see first-hand discussions and negotiations made at the conference. Their representatives also met separately with the Government and the Tatmadaw. In these meetings, we were able to discuss openly and cordially, and many good possibilities of participating in the peace process were obtained. This also is one of the positive results of the Third Session of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong, said Aung San Suu Kyi.
 
Edited by Win Htut