Yangon, 8 August
Armed struggle for the revolution is not only for ‘regime change’, also for ‘system change’, according to the joint statement of National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) and the National Unity Government (NUG) on 6 August.
The statement said that they will lead to a system-changing revolution for future federal democratic union, which is the ultimate goal of all ethnic groups, including the Burmese.
U Aung San Myint, Secretary-2 of the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), has stated that he will not accept Regime Change or any action that deviates from the path to establishing federal democracy.
The joint statement also said that they will reject any political scenario that deviates from the goals and principles of the new era and system reform that they have in mind.
The NUCC and NUG convened a special meeting on July 31 and made decisions after the military council dragged public leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi into the political game in July.
Regarding the NUCC and NUG’s statement, Chairman of the Political and Military Leadership Committee of the Mon State Defense Force (MSDF), Dr. Thiri Mon Chan said that there is no reason to accept the military council’s use of public leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the Spring Revolution.
Veteran politician U Pe Than said that the military will not step back from politics easily, and the NUG’s extent of commitment to the EAOs is important for the federal army.
After independence from colonial rule in Myanmar, the military must be under the civilian-elected government, but during the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) and the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), the military’s participation in national political leadership was included into the 2008 Constitution.
As a result, the military’s participation in Myanmar politics must be removed, and it is everyone’s obligation to prevent the military from seizing power at any time, once and for all, said Khun Myint Tun, Chairman of the Pa’o National Federal Council (PNFC).
Currently, ethnic armed organizations such as the Karen National Union (KNU), the Chin National Front (CNF), the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) are taking part in the Spring Revolution along with hundreds of People’s Defense Forces.
The NUCC and NUG announced the formation of a multi-ethnic “Federal Union Army” that would unconditionally follow the management of the people’s government and would only be responsible for defending against threats from the outside.
News-Than Lwin Times