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Dear Mr. President
We wish you a successful trip to South-east Asia.
The UNFC, on behalf of all ethnic nationalities in Burma, would like to thank you for your help in bringing about positive change in our country.
Although Burma is moving towards democratic change, we cannot say that this change will guarantee the future of ethnic nationalities. While we can see that President Thein Sein and his government is engaging in political reform, the armed forces of the country seem unwilling to follow the President’s policies.
The 2008 constitution, which currently applies to the country, grants the armed forces enormous power and thus negates the power of the civilian government. This, in our view, is extremely dangerous for our country.
The ethnic nationalities have been engaged in civil war for over sixty years because successive Burmese governments have oppressed and abused our birthrights. Due to this civil war, democracy has been denied us and replaced by wide scale human rights abuses in ethnic areas and throughout the country.
In order to solve the ethnic issue in Burma and to establish peace and stability, we need a genuine political dialogue with the government. Therefore we earnestly request you to assist in bringing about dialogue addressing the ethnic issue in the country on behalf of all armed ethnic groups in the country.
Lt. Gen. N-Ban La
United Nationalities Federal Council
Contact address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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UNFC letter to President Obama
In promotion of national reconciliation and achieving peace in Burma, Burma’s ethnic forces and democratic forces have jointly issued this statement
In order for the President Thein Sein-led national reform and peace processes to be successful, Burma’s ethnic and democratic forces inside and outside of Burma will need to join efforts and work in unity. This statement announces our intention to build upon historic relationships among democratic and ethnic leaders to join efforts in order to accomplish much needed political and legal reform and achieve sustainable results before the 2015 elections. Moving forward, ethnic and democratic forces inside and outside of Burma will seek to work together in unity to coordinate our efforts to promote reform.
We Jointly acknowledge that it is the President and the Tatmadaw that have utmost authority to bring about genuine peace and national reconciliation. Thus, we call on the President and the Tatmadaw to cease all offensives and conflicts unconditionally, including the war in Kachin State. We call upon the government led by President Thein Sein, the National Defense and Security Council, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, ethnic leaders, and democratic leaders to all cooperate together to establish a clear process for political reform as soon as possible. We believe that a sustainable peace is possible in Burma, if all stakeholders work together in good faith.
For more information please contact:
In Liberated Area
Khun Okker (Spokesperson for UNFC)- Phone: +66-857155105
Myint Thein (Spokesperson or NCUB)- Phone: +66-844565583
In United States
Moe Chan- Phone: +1-646-643-8689
Note: The UNFC is the largest coalition of ethnic nationality organizations from Burma. The NCUB is the largest coalition of pro democracy organizations operating in exile and liberated areas.
1) PNLO chairman Col. Khun Okker and General Secretary Khun Myint Tun met with members of the Union Peace-Making Working Committee led by Vice-chairman U Aung Min and minister U Khin Yee for third time in Bangkok on June 27th, 2012.
The meeting yielded a preliminary cease-fire agreement between two parties. During the meeting, U Aung Min also invited the PNLO peace delegation to visit within Burma.
2) As per the invitation from U Aung Min seven members from PNLO’s peace delegation, consisting of delegation leader Khun Myint Tun, 2nd delegation leader Col. Khun Thurin, and Pa-Oh Youth Organization’s (PYO) general secretary Khun Chan Khe (aka) Khun Tun Tin, visited Burma for ten days from July 22nd until July 31st and held several consultation meetings with Pa-Oh people from different areas, Pa-Oh political parties, religious leaders, and Pa-Oh activists.
The PNLO delegation arrived at Taunggyi on July 22nd. They visited U Aung Kham Hte, patron of the Pa-Oh National Organization (PNO), to pay their respect the next day. PNLO’s peace delegation also met with the PNO chairman and other PNO senior leaders at the same venue.
On the morning of July 24th the PNLO peace delegation held a consultation meeting with Pa-Oh CBOs and CSOs at the PNO headquarters, and met with abbot of Taung Kyaung Kyi monastery in the evening. On July 26th and 27th, PNLO’s delegation traveled to Thaton Township in Mon state and held several consultation meetings with the Pa-Oh community, senior Pa-Oh monks, and National League for Democracy Thaton (NLD-Thaton).
During the consultation meetings with the Pa-Oh people, monks, and Pa-Oh CBOs and CSO in Shan State and Mon State, PNLO stated its propositions to strive for solidarity among the Pa-Oh people from different regions, different organization, and from different social backgrounds, in order to come up with one Pa-Oh voice instead of merging Pa-Oh political organizations. The meeting’s participants also suggested that the PNLO should work together with other Pa-Oh organizations for the Pa-Oh people under the Pa-Oh National Flag and to find a solution that will yield mutual benefits for both sides during the peace talk.
On July 28th, the PNLO peace delegation met with U Aung Min in Yangon and discussed ideas regarding an official meeting for a state-level cease-fire agreement.