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Upper House approves peace committee; ASSK suggested as member

 
Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A motion to form a national peace committee has been approved in the Upper House of the Burmese Parliament, and it was suggested that Aung San Suu Kyi be appointed to the committee.
 
MP Tun Lwin from Kachin State No. 9 constituency, a member of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), made a motion, “To form a standing committee for maintaining permanent peace and stability in the country.” It was deliberated and approved unanimously.

Members of the Burmese Parliament in traditional dress. Photo: MizzimaAn opposition member of the Rakhine Nationality Development Party, MP Aye Maung from Rakhine State constituency No. 3 suggested that the House should include Aung San Suu Kyi, who is respected by the people, to the Peace Committee.

The members of the peace committee will be decided at a later date.
 
One of the supporters to the motion, MP Pau Lian Lwin from the Chin Progressive Party (CPP), said that successive governments worked only for sovereignty, and they failed to work for unity among all the national races. “Peace could not be built peace in the country because they could not build unity of all the races,” he said.

Dr. Banya Aung Moe from the All Mon Region Democracy Party (AMRDP) said that peace could only be built after reducing narrow-minded racism against minority ethnic nationalities and the chauvinistic attitude of many ethnic Burmese.

In other Upper House business:

–– In the first ever comments in the Upper House of Parliament by a military-appointed MP, Colonel Maung Maung Gyi said peace could not be established as long as the country remained undeveloped.

–– MP Khin Maung Htay from the ruling USDP made a motion to put in the record praise for the performance of the Union Government and local governments of the states and regions for their first 100 days in office. MP Khin Maung Htay said that the meeting between opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Thein Sein was one of the positive achievements of the new government. MP Dr. Banay Aung Moe from the AMRDP objected to the motion saying that a period of 100 days was not enough for assessing the performance of the government and it would be better to wait six months. The motion in praise of the new government was approved in a vote.
 
–– In the question hour, MP Thein Win from the USDP asked whether the government had a plan to include respected community elders in local investigation committees on complaints made by people involving  misuse of power and influence by  government officials. In answer, Union Minister Lieutenant General Ko Ko said that community elders would be included as witnesses in such investigations, but only government officials would serve as members of the investigation committees.

–– USDP MP U Nu from Rangoon Region constituency No. 10 asked about the scarcity of male teachers in primary education. In answer, Union Education Minister Dr. Mya Aye said his ministry appointed male teachers to vacant posts but many lost interest in working in the profession. The ministry was offering incentives for promotion and increasing the salary of male teachers to attract them to the profession, he said.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 September 2011 14:58 )  

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