Junta chief reiterates his readiness for peace

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Nay Pyi Taw, 26 December

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing reaffirmed that he always opens doors for negotiation, the army is always ready for peace, and that he invited and welcomed peace talks.

He made this remark while paying a visit to the Thanksgiving ceremony for Christmas that was held at Saint Michael Cathedral located in Pyinmana Township, Nay Pyi Taw on December 24.

The military chief declared that as all religions have been based on peace, all societies must recognize the necessity of peace and that they are making great efforts to put in place processes aimed at fostering peace.

Ko Jacob from Kachin Human Rights Watch said, “The junta army, which violates human rights by killing people en masse and conducting aerial bombing on residential areas, does not benefit the people.”

Religious buildings have been wrecked by aerial bombardment, and civilians have been killed by the military council, which faces the armed forces of revolution everywhere in the nation.

According to the data of the Nyan Lin Thit Research Group, the military council committed at least 175 massacres of five or more people from February 2021 to August 2023, in which a total of 1,794 civilians were killed.

Moreover, the military council carried out 902 airstrikes in the same period, destroying 26 hospitals, 54 schools, and 86 religiousbuildings. Nearly 460 individuals were hurt, and almost 680 civilians lost their lives.

Senior General also encouraged all to collaborate to restore the peace, stability, and security of the country soon and ensure the peaceful coexistence of all religions in the country, commencing on the auspicious Christmas Day 2023.

Pro-democracy activist Ko Min Thway Thit said, “If the military really wants peace, it needs to stop the current nationwide violence first to gain the trust of the people. Only then can the military regime prove to the people that it wants peace.”

Nearly 4,300 people have been killed by the military regime and its affiliates in the three years since the coup until December 22, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).

On the other hand, a report released on September 29 by the research group ISP – Myanmar stated that over 86,000 houses were destroyed as a result of the arson attacks throughout the nation, with Sagaing accounting for the majority.

The military council called for peace from late April 2022 until the anniversary of the NCA this year and but it was only able to hold talks with seven NCA-signatory ethnic armed groups.

Currently, the military council army is in a desperate situation due to offensive attacks by ethnic armed groups and the PDF joint forces across the country, and the military leader has called for a political solution in early December.

Some ethnic armed organizations involved in an effort to uproot the military dictatorship have declared that they have no plans to meet with the military council, which always asserts that it stands under the Three Main National Causes and the 2008 Constitution.

News-Than Lwin Times

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