Six-party talks may materialize before elections, says Speaker Thura Shwe Mann

Six-party talks may materialize before the 2015 general elections, Union Parliament Speaker Thura Shwe Mann told the media at today’s press meet in Nay Pyi Taw. 

With regard to a reporter’s question on the holding of six-party talks, the speaker replied: “Regarding this question, I will say “Yes”. The President in his letter to the parliament welcomed it despite the disagreements between the government and the parliament over the six-party talks. I would like to say that the six-party talks may be held only after the necessary framework has been coordinated.  

With regard to the question about the controversial national education law, he said: “The main duty of the parliaments is legislation. The Union government is responsible for the national education law. The lower house parliament, the upper house parliament and the Union parliament passed this bill which was submitted by the education ministry. So the approved law is the existing law. The parliaments will have to amend the outdated laws when the concerned ministries and the Union government submit the bills amending the laws to the parliaments. The Union parliament has sent 20 delegates to the four-party talks on the amendment of the national education law. The parliaments have enacted the laws which can bring the benefits to the country and citizens. In addition, efforts are being made to ensure the fair laws that all citizens can be abided by."  

Student protest marches should not result in the case like the “8888” Uprisings, he added.