Day Four. Wednesday, 15 February 2017
KNU delegation meets SMJH, 15 February 2017, in Laiza. (Photo: PI)
Friends are chosen, but neighbors come with the house.
H.E. Hong Liang, reported by Global New light of Myanmar, 5 February 2017
This morning we have a meeting with religious leaders. I find them speaking quite openly as they know most of their guests are Christians like themselves.
One of them attacks the government for “flouting” the inclusivity principle as adopted by the NCA. Another criticizes it for urging the non-signatories to sign it, but “offering no guarantees.” It is also getting more difficult to deal with the new government, because “it has two heads” instead of one like all normal governments do.
Here are the excerpts from the discussions by the visitors:
One is that this nation has come into being since the day of Anawrahta (1044-1077) or even before that. That the dominant race has always been Burmans/Bamars. So the ultimate arbiter of this country should be Bamars.
The other is that this nation was brought about by Panglong. Which means we are equal and joint owners of this country. That’s why this country needs a federal system to govern itself.
Col (ret) Htoo Htoo Lay speaking to the SMJH, 15 February 2017. Next to him, from left to right, are Harn Yawnghwe, author, Padoh Ta Do Moo, Padoh Hserh Gay, Marcus (standing).(Photo: PI)
One religious leader later tells us it is a very informative meeting.
The next session in the afternoon, 14:00-17:00, is with the SMJH, translated into English as Kachin Political Consultative Team (KPCT), made up of 38 members: 10 from KIO and the rest from Kachin State, Shan State “North,” Rangoon and Mandalay.
Its purpose is to form a representative body that will speak for the Kachin people in their quest for peace and political future. It became one year old on 23 January.
Here are the extracts from the speech of Gen Gun Maw who speaks for the SMJH:
The day ends with a lavish dinner party. You may blame the Kachins for anything but never their hospitality, which in my experience, is the unbeatable Number One.
(To be continued)
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