"Without establishing a federal union based on the equality of the ethnic people, we will not see peace in our country": State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
"Although we tried for the objectives of NCA for four years,we have not made common interpretations on the terms of NCA. Instead, implementations of NCA were based on the view of individuals": Karen National Union Chairman Saw Mutu Say Poe.
Excerpts from the State Counsellor's speech. "...…..everyone in the union needs to believe and value the unity that the union provides. This unity is not established or achieved through force but through foresight and mindset. Without establishing a federal union based on equality of ethnic people, we wouldn’t see peace in our country. Without establishing an ethnic national unity based on Panglong spirit, our country wouldn’t develop. This was proven by the past 70 years. It is possible to change this situation if we all put in the same efforts. Our government will put all our efforts towards this three part peace process. All are urged in conclusion to cooperate and work hand in hand with us towards laying the basic foundations of peace, equality and establishment of a federal system"