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The opening speech delivered by Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw Mahn Win Khaing Than at the opening ceremony of the Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong (Second Session)


First of all, Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw Mahn Win Khaing Than thanked State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, ethnic leaders and personnel at the event.

Nowadays, the actions and voices of people of all regions and ethnic races expressing their desire for peace could be seen and heard. This showed the desire for peace of everyone in the Union. Because peace could not be achieved, the people, women and children faced great losses and many difficulties. Everyone knew that the country slipped from the top to the bottom of Southeast Asian countries because we were unable to undertake development work as there was no peace.

We had many resources that were required for national development. These resources existed mostly in the regions of the ethnic nationals. But they were unable to use these resources effectively and even lost them because there was no peace. We were in a situation where our families did not even know where to live and what to eat. That was why everyone had a huge desire for peace.

Developing trust was the most important thing in working for peace. Only when trust has been rebuilt will the long rooted suspicion and hate disappear. If there was a will for peace and a determined belief to achieve it, peace would surely be obtained although it might be difficult. Once peace was achieved, the federal union that all of us wanted could be established.

According to the Hluttaw’s motto of “People’s voice, Hluttaw’s voice, people’s will, Hluttaw’s will, People’s Expectation, Hluttaw’s Implementation.” the Hluttaw listened to the people’s voice and implemented the hope and wishes of the people. The distinguished persons of the organizations attending the Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong (Second Session) were urged to listen to the voices of the people and work with strong determination to attain the peace desired by the people. Forget and forgive the past events, take lesson from the miseries and adversities the people faced for ages, attain peace and form a federal union. Write a grand history of ourselves by attaining the invaluable peace and leave it as legacy for our future generation of nationals.

Now was the best time to achieve peace, he said, adding that people from organizations attending the peace conference are to discard their egos, suspicions and hates, find solutions with trust, unity and cooperation to achieve the peace desired by all nationals in order to form a Democratic Federal Union.