Tatmadaw ready to provide ‘self-ruling’ except ‘disintegration’; some EAOs’ leaders hold foreign citizenships – Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun


NP News - May 20
The Defense Services of Myanmar guarantees to agree to share power - the ‘Confederate’ or the ‘Federal’ - as the utmost compromise when dealing with the ethnics during this time either political or military bargaining can be performed the most effectively by the SAC, according to the Information Team leader Major General Zaw Min Tun.

The NP News made a short exclusive interview with Major General Zaw Min Tun yesterday (May 19) shortly after the 14th press conference of the SAC held in Naypyidaw.

He said, “Tatmadaw never rejects granting Self-administered Zone or autonomy or self-ruling. You can study the records of the 21st Century Panglong Agreements, in which, they demanded ‘Confederate’. We agreed to provide ‘Self-administration’ or ‘Self-legislation’. They will have the authority to legislate and executive. We have records of those discussions. Tatmadaw is ready to provide ‘Self-administration’ or ‘Self-ruling’. But we demand only one thing ‘NO DISINTEGRATION OF THE UNION’. However, they don’t pledge ‘No disintegration’. There must be negotiation and compromise.”

Section 6 of the 2008 Constitution prescribes as follows.
The Union's consistent objectives are:
a. non-disintegration of the Union;
b. non-disintegration of National solidarity;
c. perpetuation of sovereignty;

The NP News’ chief editor raised a question for giving comments to Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun with regard to the ‘all-inclusiveness’ mentioned by the non-attending EAOs as the term ‘all inclusive’ refers NUG/PDF/CRPH.

Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun told that some of the EAO leaders aren’t Myanmar citizens; in fact, they themselves and their families hold citizenships of other countries saying “There’s a clear answer for ‘whom or which entity or which countries they will be defending or loyal to’.”

Every person has to take the citizenship oath for ensuring fidelity and loyalty to the host country’s interests and to defend the constitution in every country all over the world.

In the present time, achievement in compromise with the Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services as well as the Chairperson of the State Administration Council Senior General Min Aung Hlaing will definitely be winning ‘the Constitutional Dilemma’ in which it has to be gained more than 75 percent agreement to amend the Constitution, he added.

In the 2008 Constitution, there are over three hundred constitutional sections that require more than 75 percent agreement of the parliamentary seats; and a total of 95 sections require not only more than 75 percent agreement but also a referendum.

“The issue is ‘75 percent’. Tatmadaw never says ‘we won’t amend the Constitution. We will amend it.’ Now Chief of the Army and the head of the state is only one person. This is the best time to conduct bargaining and negotiations for constitutional amendments or deal for other things. If he agrees, there is nothing not exceeding the 75 percent,” Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun said.


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