Recent survey conducted in 39 townships has called for repeal of 4 of the 8 point peace guideline set by the Thein Sein government, according to a copy of the survey results received by SHAN this morning. They were made known at the 3-day Shan conference titled Trustbuilding for Peace, which was held at Tawwin Hninzi on Shwe Gondaing Road which ended yesterday.

“Point # 5, 6, 7 an 8, being unworkable, should be withdrawn,” was among the recommendations made by 2,569 respondents to the questionnaire.

The 8 point guideline, as announced by President Thein Sein in March and later by the Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC), include:

To remain forever in the Union
To accept the Three National Causes i.e. Non-disintegration of the Union, Non-disintegration of National Sovereignty and Perpetuation of National Sovereignty
To cooperate in economic and development tasks legally
To cooperate in the elimination of narcotic drugs
To set up political parties and enter elections
To accept the (2008) constitution and to make necessary amendments in the parliament by majority consent
To fully enter the legal fold for permanent peace and live, move, work and consume in accord with the constitution
To coordinate existence of only a single armed forces in accord with the constitution
Others, meanwhile, call for the rewriting of the 2008 constitution. “As long as (it) remains a talking point, no genuine peace talks will emerge,” warn the respondents.

Noteworthy responses include:

Genuine federal system    87%
Shan parties should merge    97%
Shan armed armies should merge    88%
Teaching of local ethnic languages at school        93%
Shan State and its people should have the right to enjoy benefits from its natural resources    100%
Conservation of natural resources    94%
SHAN is still unable to interview the meeting’s spokespersons for other details.

According to the press release, the meeting has vowed to work together for “a Peace Process of No Retreat.”