Journal : MInistry of Foreign Affairs Press Briefing Date : Author : NA Page No. : NA

‘s Regular Press Conference on December 24, 2018

Q: In response to a joint peace statement by the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and Arakan Army (AA), the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services of Myanmar made a peace announcement on December 21 on an immediate suspension of all its military actions in Northern Myanmar until April 30, 2019, and it will negotiate for ceasefire with ethnic armed groups. This development has been warmly welcomed by all sectors in Myanmar. What is your comment?

A: The relevant ethnic armed groups in northern Myanmar and the Myanmar military released peace statements successively on halting military actions and reaffirming their commitment to resolving issues through dialogue and negotiation. This marks an important positive step in the peace process in Myanmar. China welcomes and supports that.

Peace is what all ethnic groups in Myanmar aspire for. An early realization of peace and reconciliation in Myanmar serves Myanmar’s fundamental interests. Dialogue and consultation represent the only right way out of the current issue. China, as a friendly neighbor, sincerely hopes that all parties in Myanmar could seize the trend for peace, act on the current important opportunities, meet each other halfway, and actively engage in contacts and dialogues so that Myanmar could realize national reconciliation, peace and development at an early date.

China has been playing a positive and constructive role in promoting dialogue and reconciliation among all Myanmar parties at their request. We will continue to work with Myanmar to jointly ensure peace and stability of the China-Myanmar border areas and act as a staunch supporter for Myanmar’s peace process.

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