Nay Pyi Taw, September 4
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received a delegation led by Chairman of KNU/KNLA (PC) Saw Htawt Lay at the parlour of Bayintnaung Villa, here, this afternoon. Also present at the meeting together with the Senior General were Lt-Gen Aung Soe and senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army). The chairman of KNU/KNLA (PC) was accompanied by Vice Chairman Saw Yin Nu and members. Speaking at the meeting, the Senior General said Tatmadaw fully believes that KNU/KNLA (PC)’s desire for peace as it is actively participating in the peace process. He used to serve in Pawlaw, Thanpaya and Htotkawko regions in Kayin State and witnessed the honesty of indigenous people. To end internal armed conflicts and achieve eternal peace, they must go forward in accord with the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement-NCA. The Tatmadaw will also stick to the NCA and will never change its attitude. In the effort to achieve lasting peace, KNU/KNLA (PC) is urged to work as a role model.
The chairman and members of KNU/KNLA (PC) for their part said with understanding, they have been on the track of peace in collaboration and consultation with the Tatmadaw. They were glad to be received and have the opportunity to introduce themselves. Despite leadership changes, KNU/KNLA (PC) will not be off the track of peace. They expressed sincere thanks to the Tatmadaw for providing medical supplies for prevention and control of COVID-19. KNU/KNLA (PC) will do its best to be a role model in the peace process as advised by the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services. They will continue to cooperate with the Tatmadaw until they reach the goal of Union peace through the NCA. They then discussed regional development on education, health and transport and basic requirements. When it comes to ethnic affairs, the Senior General said all-inclusive interest is necessary and no one must be left behind as Myanmar has over 130 national races. Education must be encouraged to turn out intellectuals and intelligentsia capable of serving their regional interests. As one needs to be healthy to pursue education, health standard must be promoted. In the multi-party democracy election soon to be held, good representatives capable of serving their own regions and the country must be chosen. The Tatmadaw will do its best to deal with the regional development issues presented now and seek cooperation and consultation with relevant ministries. He then attended to the needs. After the meeting, the Senior General presented gifts to the chairman and members of KNU/KNLA (PC).