Thura Shwe Mann, Speaker of the Lower House on February 10 visited internally displaced persons camps in Kachin State resulting from the arm conflict between the government army and Kachin Independence Army that erupted in June last year.Upon arrival at the IDP camps in Kyitkyina, Speaker Shwe Mann met with the intenally displaced persons and said that all the people need to cooperate in the peace process along with the shining peace rays in Kachin State. The IDPs need to be engaged in rehabilitation tasks when returning to their native places.

The mass meeting was held in Myitkyina and Puta-O on February 10, was attended by the Speaker of the Lower House, chairmen of the committees of the Lower House, the military officials of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army), the Union ministers, the officials of Kachin State government and representatives from all various fields.

The government, the parliament, the army and the people, as well as the international community, are hoping to see peace in the area. It is time to negotiate peace on a basis of mutual respect between the two sides, they said. Without blaming anyone for the conflict, both sides should strive for eternal ceasefire taking the lessons from the past, the Lower House Speaker said.

Thura Shwe Mann’s visit to Kachin State is part of the parliament’s attempt to be a major part of the peace process.

During the visit, the Speaker was looking for ways to participate in the peace process and other ethnic affairs after listening to the desire of the people, Lower House MP Dwe Bu said.

Skirmishes came back between the government army and the KIA on June 9 in 2011 after breaking the 17-year ceasefire, displacing more than 160,000 people from the conflict areas.

The peace dialogue between the government and the KIO has improved to some degree and the political dialogue was agreed to be held by the government and the KIA on February 4.

The joint statement was released after the private meeting by Myanmar Peacemaking Committee and the KIO on February 4.