NMSP Meets Aung San Suu Kyi, Discusses Regional Development

Friday, January 31, 2020

The New Mon State Party (NMSP) said that they discussed regional development and business when they met State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday.

The NMSP also proposed national recognition of Mon National Day as a holiday during the meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi in her capacity as head of the National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC).

“We discussed the implementation of our regional development proposals as soon as possible. Another thing we discussed is business issues. We already proposed our business plan. That’s why we requested that the government provide assistance,” NMSP spokesperson Nai Aung Ma-Ngae told NMG. “Another issue we discussed was the government allowing the Mon language to be taught in in government schools. We also discussed the recognition of Mon National Day as an official holiday like the Karen.”

After meeting with the NRPC, NMSP released a statement in which chairman Nai Hongsa said he supported the State Counsellor’s statement on the fourth anniversary of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement about the need to build a federal Union. He called for deadlocks in discussions to be overcome.

NMSP has said it will cooperate in the coming fourth session of the Union Peace Conference, in line with a decision made in the Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting.

“We have demanded two points. For instance, there are 47-miles between Ye and Phayathonsu townships. There are still 17 miles remaining that are off-road. We demanded that the government build a tar road as soon as possible. Another road is past Nyi-Sar and Phaner Bon villages through the Phalan stream. It’s about 14 miles long. It’s still a rough dirt road,” Nai Aung Ma-Ngae told NMG.

According to the NMSP, the State Counsellor suggested that they inquire within the Mon State government and negotiate with the ministry of border affairs in order to get this done.

Government officials including Aung San Suu Kyi, NRPC vice chair 1 Kyaw Tint Swe, Dr. Tin Myo Win, vice chair 2, Union attorney general and NRPC vice chair 3 Tun Tun Oo, Union minister Min Thu, deputy minister Khin Maung Tin and Zaw Htay, who is director general of the state counselor’s office, attended the meeting.

NMSP representatives such as chairman Nai Hongsa, joint general secretary Nai Win Hla, central executive committee members Nai Aung Ma-Ngae and Nai Banyar Lae and commander-in-chief Nai Banyar Mae San attended the meeting.