All should be represented at meeting on charter change, says Thein Sein

President Thein Sein has sent a message to parliament responding to the proposal to hold six-party talks, saying such a meeting would be good as long as it represented all the people, including civic organisations and political forces.  
The president’s reply comes nearly two months after Union parliament approved the urgent proposal to hold six-party talks on constitutional amendment submitted by MP Myint Tun.
The proposal said: “The emergence of a constitution appropriate to the current age and political system depends on time and circumstances. To create favourable conditions for Myanmar in the present time and the future, the Union parliament is urged to hold a six-party meeting between the President, the Lower House parliament speaker, the Upper House speaker, the chairperson of the oppositional National League for Democracy (NLD), an MP representing all ethnic groups and the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services."
In his message, the President said: "Since taking office, my government has been conducting reforms step by step to ensure the state’s peace and stability and national economic progress. In exerting such reform efforts, we place emphasis on organising meetings that ensure all-inclusiveness and equal rights for all citizens." 
As to the emergence of a constitution appropriate to the current age and political system as stated in the proposal, Thein Sein said any constitution of any country does not fully suit the current age and system. Under the Myanmar constitution, the Union parliament is responsible for making the charter appropriate to the current age and political system, he added.   
The President said he would follow the decision of parliament if it acts in line with constitutional procedures, citing Sections 433-436 as an example. He warned that actions outside those procedures would encroach upon the rule of law.
Addressing the matter of creating favourable conditions for Myanmar in the present time and the future, the President said this is up to the entire country and all national races.
Regarding the debate over how inclusive such a meeting should be, the president’s message referred to the decisions of regional parliaments in Yangon and Sagaing regions and the stances of Chin and Shan states, which have called for a meeting with more than six parties included. He also stressed the need to consider the opinions of other national races.
Dr Aye Maung, who was selected to attend the proposed six-party meeting as the ethnic representative, said the president is supposed to accept the six-party meeting on principle.
Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the NLD, said she would not accept any talks that are put on just for show. She said she would only accept genuine talks and continue to stick to the cause of national reconciliation.