Myanmar can’t tackle conflicts as long as essences of Panglong Agreement can’t be fulfilled

Writer: 
Min Naing Soe
Peace and Public Conference is in process in Yangon on July 27.
 
United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) issued a statement saying that Myanmar cannot tackle its conflicts as long as it fails to fulfill essences of Panglong Agreement such as equality, autonomy and establishment of democratic federal Union.
 
The statement appeared from Peace and Public Conference held at Yangon School For the Blind in Insein on July 27. 
 
The UNA’s statement said that the 1947 Constitution, the 1974 Constitution and the 2008 Constitution could fail to fulfill the essences of Panglong Agreement.
 
The third session of Union Peace Conference also known as the 21st Century Panglong Conference was held in Nay Pyi Taw from July 11 to 16. Based on all inclusiveness principle, the conference sought the way to meet at a political dialogue, but the UNA suggested that a review should be done as it is unsatisfactory.
 
The UNA’s statement added, believing that it will meet with success only if peace process is carried out in line with the principle of Panglong Agreement. 
 
The people sought mutual promise to help build free and fair federal Union on February 12 in 1947. The historic Panglong Agreement based on Panglong pledges and principles could be signed. To build federal Union, it is also required to be based on the principles of genuine Union, revealed in the statement.
 
All the ethnics in the Union are to live in coexistence within one nation through mutual respect, friendship and goodwill as well as unity. All the ethnics are to build a sustainable peace together. They are to make concerted efforts to eradicate dictatorship and hyper nationalism and to improve democratic system, the statement said. 
 
Public participation is needed in political dialogues. Internal problems mustn’t be solved militarily but politically, the statement said.
The UNA was formed with the SLND, the ALD, the MNP, the ZCD, the KNC, the KNP, the SSKDP, the KNP, the APP, the MNDP, the DNDP, the KNP, the CLDP, the CPP, the TNDP and the SNSP. 
 
Translated and Edited by Win Htut