Nay Pyi Taw March 22
Chairpersons and vice chairpersons from political parties and offi cials called on Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing at the parlour of Bayintnaung Villa here this afternoon, and they were served with tea.
Those who called on the Senior General were chairman U Than Htay of the Union Solidarity and Development Party, general secretary U Thein Tun of the National Unity Party, chairman U Thein Nyunt of New National Democracy Party, chairman Dr Nay Zin Latt of the National Progressive Party, vice chairman U Tint Swe of Democratic Party (Myanmar), chairman U Tun Aung Kyaw of New Age People’s Party, chairman U Thein Kyi of National Political Allies Federation, joint chairperson Daw Nan Shwe Kyar of Wunthanu Democratic Party, chairman U Win Myint of Inn National Development Party, vice chairman U Saw Myat Htut Win of Karen National Democratic Party, vice chairman U Saw Jubilee San Hla of Karen
People’s Party, chairman U Shwe Min (aka) Hsi Pha Larlu of Lisu National Development Party, chairman U Tun Naing of Kokang Democracy and Unity Party, chairman U Zo Zam (aka) U Zam Kyin Paul of Chin National Democratic Party, chairman U Sai Aik Paung of Shan Nationalities Democratic Party, secretary U Yan Kyaw of Wa Democratic Party, chairman U Hsai Paung Nap of Wa Liberal Democratic Progressive Party, joint secretary U Khun Tun Shwe of Pa-O National Organization, chairman U Po Yal of Kayah State Democratic Party, chairman U Aye Kyaing of Rakhine State National Force, vice chairman U Kyaw Tun Khaing of Mro National Solidarity Organization, chairman U Soe Maung of Democracy and Peace Party, chairman U Kaung Myint Htut of Myanmar National Congress, chairman U Min Min Tun of Public Service Students Party, chairperson Daw Sandar Oo of Diversity and Peace Party, central executive committee member Daw May May Kyi of Bamar People’s Party, chairman U Soe Myint of 88 Generation Democracy Party, CEC member Daw Aye Aye Shwin of New Age Union Party, CEC member U Hlaing Phyo of Myanmar People’s Democratic Party, chairman U Aung Myo Khaing of People’s Party of Myanmar Farmers and Workers, chairman U Percy Pyi Thein of Negotiation, Stability and Peace Party and CEC member U Win Myint of Unity and Democracy Party of Kachin State (Sadaka).
The Senior General was accompanied by Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win and senior military offi cers.
In his greetings, the Senior General expressed his welcome to them saying that the Tatmadaw met those parties not for political cause but for the State affairs and national cause. Regardless of their different ideologies about the affairs of politics, ethnics, farmers, workers and regions, those parties deserve praise and respect for their efforts for national interest. Despite agreement and disagreement, it is necessary to serve the best interest of the country with a common goal. The Tatmadaw’s duty is to protect the State and Our Three Main National Causes is most important. The Tatmadaw must also safeguard above- and under-ground resources and public lives and property.
The Tatmadaw is an organization which is always ready for national defence and peace and stability. The Tatmadaw is a part of the State. Tatmadaw members are a part of the people as well. Hence, the Tatmadaw never betrays the State and the people. The country still needs peace and stability on the political and security grounds and development of economy. As the Tatmadaw emphasizes peace and stability to secure internal peace, parties should participate in such a task of achieving peace. Only when there is no armed confl ict, will the State enjoy peace and stability to be able to carry out other development tasks. Thus, all need to avoid the causes for hatred. The Tatmadaw is controlling the tasks in patience as much as it can not to cause instabilities. Every country has three drives for politics, economy and defence.
Only when economic drive is good, will other sectors march towards the goal. Hence, Myanmar needs to have a good economic drive. Nowadays, as a total of 70 percent of the population are rural people, economic development and earning of income are very important for them. Due to lesser economic and employment opportunities at home, many people go abroad to work. Political parties were urged to participate in implementing the tasks to strive for enabling all the citizens to have convenient livelihoods at home. The Tatmadaw is carrying out military-owned agriculture and livestock breeding tasks for ensuring convenient food supplies for Tatmadaw members and families while selling surplus meat, fi sh and vegetables to departmental personnel, war veterans and local people at fair prices. Such efforts are being made to contribute towards State economy on other hand. The Senior General urged them to strive for producing foodstuffs and personal goods at home in full capacity. With regard to the amendment of 2008 constitution, the constitution was approved by the majority of eligible voters. Although any country does not have the comprehensive constitution, it needs to be a strong constitution. It needs to amend the weaknesses of the laws at a time when it should be deserved to amend. The Tatmadaw agrees to amend the constitution.
But, it needs to amend the constitution in line with the enacted prescriptions. The Tatmadaw is discharging the national politic duty in addition to the State defence duty.
The national politics is to carry out any tasks for serving the national interest to be able to fulfi ll the needs of the people and the State.
The Senior General urged all to apply their experiences for the State on a wider scope of knowledge and critical thinking. Political parties should take a leading role for the politics while the Tatmadaw will cooperate with them in State and national causes.
Next, representatives from political parties expressed thanks to the Senior General for giving opportunities to introduce themselves at the meeting. They expressed attitudes of respective parties over present political, executive and economic situations, conditions inside the Hluttaw, needs of restoring internal peace, efforts to amend the constitution in the term of previous government and needs in current era to amend the points of constitution which should be amended under the law. They said they support the stance and endeavours of the Tatmadaw and they are ready to carry out the tasks in unison for the State and the national cause. Afterwards, the Senior General served those present with tea and snack and cordially greeted them.