Sunday, October 23, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Identify causes of Kachin fighting, urges Suu Kyi

Efforts should be made to identify the cause of the recent surge in violence in Kachin State, Aung San Suu Kyi told journalists last week.

She also said the apparent intensification of fighting is contrary to President U Thein Sein’s stated intention of scaling down the violence.

“The situation suggests a stand-off. Negotiations have not worked. The fundamental cause of the stand-off must be established because it can be remedied only if the cause is identified,” she said.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the Pyithu Hluttaw representative for Kawhmu in Yangon Region, was speaking before the opening of the sixth hluttaw session on January 9.

The Tatmadaw last week defended its use of air strikes against Kachin positions in late December, saying they were launched in self-defence.

When asked about speculation that the commander-in-chief of the defence services was failing to comply with the president’s orders not to launch offensives, she said she was not sufficiently familiar with the situation to comment.

However, she added: “If the commander-in-chief did this on his own judgement, I must say that according to our current constitution he is entitled to do so. That‘s why I am reiterating that there is a lot to amend in the constitution.”

Asked whether MPs should participate in union-level peace talks, she said: “The hluttaw should study, formulate and approve a platform of how to [resolve] the fighting in Kachin State. However, participation is impossible without a government invitation.”

Translated by Thit Lwin