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Statement by the HRVP Federica Mogherini ahead of the 21st Century Panglong Union Peace Conference in Myanmar

16 September 2016

via EEAS Press Release


The opening of the 21st Century Panglong Union Peace Conference marks an important milestone in the advancement of peace and national reconciliation in Myanmar.

The European Union welcomes the progress made in recent months towards increasing the inclusive nature of the peace process, as well as the ownership of the process by Myanmar.  The Conference should build upon the shared commitment of the attendees – government actors, the army and leaders of ethnic armed groups alike – to resolving grievances through dialogue rather than armed conflict. It should open a new path towards sustainable peace, equitable development and the wider consolidation of the democratic reform process, as is the demand of the people of Myanmar.

The success of Myanmar's transition depends on putting an end to conflict. Though much has been achieved over the past few years, challenges still lie ahead. Ongoing clashes, especially in the north of the country, result in continued human suffering and undermine confidence in the peace process. Fighting must cease and disputes resolved through negotiation.

All stakeholders, including signatories and non-signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, must work together for a peaceful future, in a constructive and forward-looking spirit. The European Union, as a supporter of Myanmar's journey towards peace and democracy from its very beginnings and a formal witness to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, will continue to support all efforts towards peace and national reconciliation in Myanmar, and stands ready to help both politically and through our contribution to the Joint Peace Fund. Only in a peaceful, stable Myanmar can socio-economic development initiatives be successful and lift people out of poverty by creating new opportunities for all.