YANGON (Xinhua) – Myanmar President U Thein Sein reaffirmed on Wednesday the government’s commitment to achieving peace, promoting economic development and building a better future for the next generation.
In a monthly speech to the nation, he underlined that the five-party roundtable talks, held for the first time on Oct 31, was the start of a new political culture which embraces dialogue instead of confrontational approach to common challenges.
“There may be differences in opinions and reactions with regard to the meeting. My main intention for inviting these leaders was for us to come up with solutions together that will overcome the challenges facing all political forces,” said the president.
On efforts to sign a nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) with all ethnic armed groups, he said, “If we are able to achieve the NCA, we will be able to establish a code of conduct that will have to be followed by both sides, which in turn will help lower the number of clashes and reduce hostilities.”a