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Union Minister U Soe Thane attends the meeting of Partnership Group for Peace, Development and Democracy in Myanmar at UN Hq.—MNA
Union Minister U Soe Thane attends the meeting of Partnership Group for Peace, Development and Democracy in Myanmar at UN Hq.—MNA

Nay Pyi Taw, 29 April—The Myanmar delegation led by the Union Minister at the President’s Office U Soe Thane attended the meeting of the Partnership Group for Peace, Development and Democracy in Myanmar at the UN headquarters in New York on 24 April.
Present at the meeting were United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Special Advisor to the UNSG for Myanmar VJ Nambia, 10 permanent representatives and four deputy permanent representatives of the PGM and US Deputy-Assistant Secretary of State Mr Scot Marciel.
At the meeting, Mr Ban Ki-moon said the reform process initiated by the government of President U Thein Sein continued to progress steadily and the result of the first census conducted in 30 years would be available soon despite some controversies.
The secretary-general continued to say that the general election due to be held by year’s end would be an important milestone and conducting it in a credible, transparent and inclusive manner would be important. He said President U Thein Sein’s efforts to engage in political dialogue with other leaders on key issues including constitutional reform had been encouraging.
Mr Ban said that after 16 months of intermittent negotiations, the government and the ethnic armed groups reached agreement on the test of a nationwide ceasefire accord on 31 March to end more than 60 years of armed conflicts, and said it was important for the accord to be signed as soon as possible.
Leader of the Myanmar delegation Union Minister U Soe Thane later said the government had succeeded in reaching some significant benchmarks during the four years of the president’s term, and has been making relentless efforts to build a new Myanmar that is peaceful, democratic and inclusive, with sustainable economic development.
The union minister added that since democratisation processes are very difficult, the goal has been pursued with the utmost care to ensure a smooth transition.
The union minister later said the government would greatly appreciate and welcome insight and reasonable consideration from different perspectives, asking the participants for understanding.
The union minister pointed out that Myanmar lagged behind other countries in the regions in health, education and social protection due to sanctions.
In conclusion, the union minister said the government had committed to developing a multiparty democracy, and significant developments were visible in Myanmar.
Union Minister U Khin Yi later explained issues related to white cards and Union Attorney-General Dr Tun Shin spoke about four bills for health and population control.
Representatives from 15 member countries also engaged in discussions and praised the success in political, economic and social reforms and urged the government to make efforts regarding the situation in Rakhine State and the important 2015 elections. MNA

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