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MYANMAR BURMA NLD : A federalist constitution can build trust for peace-making

September 23, 2013

EMG  A constitution that guarantees federalism is one that can build trust for peace among ethnic groups, according to the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD).

Nan Khin Htwe Myint, a member of the NLD’s chief executive committee, read the statement during the Trust-Building for Peace seminar held in Taunggyi, Shan state on Sunday.

“There need to be favourable conditions to establish a genuine Union, which the ethnic groups long for. Especially if provisions are guaranteed to establish a genuine Union, the ethnic groups will unconditionally trust the government. At present, the issue of whether to amend the current constitution or draw up a new constitution is under discussion. To enact federalism in the constitution is more important to trust-building for peace,” the statement said.

The statement called for additional peace talks, which Myanmar citizens expect, and the enactment of a federal principle in the constitution, which ethnic groups have requested.

If the 2008 Constitution is not amended, sustainable peace cannot be restored, the statement said. The NLD is gathering opinions of the ethnic parties to amend the constitution, and its findings will be shared with the public.

The Constitutional Amendment Committee, founded by the NLD, holds weekly discussions with ethnic representatives. NLD chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi is leading the party’s outreach with the ethnic groups.

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