JAKARTA, 9 April 2015 – The implementation of Myanmar’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement will be conducive to the realisation of a peaceful, united and harmonious Myanmar, said H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN.
In a letter addressed to Myanmar Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin on 6 April, SG Minh conveyed his congratulations to President U Thein Sein and the Government of Myanmar on the ceasefire agreement reached with the leaders of the 16 ethnic armed groups operating in the country.
“I am convinced that under the leadership of President Thein Sein, the Government and people of Myanmar will record still greater success in implementation of the Roadmap to Discipline-flourishing Democracy,” he said in the letter.
The agreement reached on 31 March came after a year of negotiations between Myanmar’s Union Peace Working Committee and Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team.
The agreement, SG Minh said, “would also contribute to the maintenance of regional peace and stability in the interest of the peoples of ASEAN.” Describing it as “historic,” SG Minh added that the agreement would set the next stage for the country’s peace and reconciliation process.