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Democratic Transition: ‘Transition From War To Peace’ Panel Discussion

13 August 2017

Forum of Myanmar Democratic Transition on Saturday also involved ‘Transition from war to peace’ panel discussion. Chief Technical Advisor from UNDP Myanmar Christopher Politis chaired the discussion at Myanmar International Convention Center II in Nay Pyi Taw.

The discussion by Director General of Sri Lanka’s Department of Government Information Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya included the country’s Civil War against Tamil Tigers, advising Myanmar to learn from it. German Professor Dr. Aurel Croissant from Institute of Political Science discussed that peace is defined as positive peace and negative peace. It’s hard to get positive peace which demands simultaneous implementation of economic and social development, justice and freedom. To strengthen positive peace needs rule of law, democracy, social justice and dialogue. Without dialogue, there’s no way to establish civil society. The discussion was followed by questions and answers session.

The panel discussion continued with the participation of U Aung Kyi, Chairman of the advisory committee to the government's peace commission, People’s Parliament representative Daw Zin Mar Aung, Dr. Hlyan Hmone Sar Khaung from UPDJC, U Aye Maung Kyaw from Center for Affair Studies and Daw Ja Nan Lahtaw from Nyein Foundation. Advisory committee chairman’s discussed that the ongoing process is to positive peace which can be achieved through democracy. Also, in Myanmar, national reconciliation needs to be carried out together with peace process.

People’s Parliament representative discussed that connection between the parliament and peace process-related committee needs to be strong to know the real situation of the peace process. Dr. Hlyan Hmone Sar Khaung discussed ending the conflicts at the 21st Century Panglong Conference. U Aye Maung Kyaw discussed that there are issues left to be solved in the peace process. Daw Ja Nan Lahtaw discussed peace process has to include ‘all-inclusive’ fact. The discussion was followed by questions and answers session.