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Federal system key to Myanmar's peace agenda: minister
Publication Date : 05-09-2013
Myanmar will find it difficult to accomplish the peace process without a federal system, says Union parliament speaker.
Speaker Thura Shwe Mann made the comment during a meeting with local people in Taunggyi, Shan state on Monday.
"In the matter of reviewing the constitution, it is good to have coordination between parliament speakers. We will have difficulty in achieving peace if we fail to adopt a federal system, the very issue of the country. There will also be difficulties in national unity, national consolidation and the rule of law. These points are somewhat right so we will make a review. The public participation is also required. Don't leave it to parliament alone. A nation needs only a single military to defend itself. The United States has only one armed forces. We can no way establish armed forces in every region and state," said Shwe Mann.
During the meeting, the chief minister of Shan State explained developments in the state.
Also present were high-ranking officials from the military, central and regional governments, the regional parliament speaker, parliamentarians and local officials.