President Thein Sein has sent a New Year message to the current session of the Parliament in Nay Pyi Taw, the state-run media said Friday.
The President emphasized that the new political culture has taken place, in company with other political developments in 2012. This new political culture is no other than the practice of seeking way-out through negotiation in the society. He also said that his government has decided to work with the parliament finding the middle ground generally in undertaking political, economic and social reforms.
At one point, Thein Sein clearly mentioned concerning the fierce war against the Kachin rebels. He expressed his view in his message: "I would also like to say that the door is always open for the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO)/the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) to discuss ceasefire terms and to have meaningful political dialogue with the government. While the Government is striving to achieve peace in the country with our utmost efforts, the Tatmadaw(Army) has not only made sacrifices in blood and sweat for the security of the State but also done everything they possibly can to make positive contributions to the peace process."
Despite the consequences of political, economic and social reforms, the country has learned from the facts and the troubles associated with the Letpadaung Taung project, land rights, riots in Rakhine State and the breakdown of peace in Kachin state, he said.
He also promised his government has to seek advice from the Parliament regularly to carry out political, economic and social reforms. The Government will try to function more effectively and efficiently in the future by means of the legislative experience, he guaranteed via his message.
President Thein Sein expressed his strong will to improve the state of the rule of law and eradicate corruption in the country. He and the members of parliament will also carry on difficult task to create good governance and clean government, he added in his message.
However, people may consider the President's message as a rhetoric expression since it is far away from true-life situation. While President Then Sein is sending his message to the Union Parliament, the fierce offensive against the KIO has been constantly going on amid air-strikes.
On Thursday, the eleven-member alliance group, the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) has concluded its 4-day meeting, according to Shan Herald Agency for News (S.H.A.N.). General Secretary of the alliance organization, Nai Hongsa reiterated Friday morning that there would be nothing to talk about at the next round of peace talks with government point man U Aung Min, as long as the offensive against Laiza, the headquarters of its leading member Kachin Independence Organization (KIO/KIA) continues.
Besides, a group of ethnic Kachins protested outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok Friday against government bombardments in country's northern Kachin state, a day after a group of Kachin people attempted a demonstration in China, according to The Nation's news in Thailand.
It is intolerable since the government has used not only heavy artillery but also enforced gunship-helicopters and jet-fighters in this military operation against the ethnic Kachin rebels. The news concerning government airstrikes is hitting the headlines through the news media.
During today Parliament session, MP Thein Zaw submitted a proposal to resume the peace talks between the KIO and the government by using the information technology via Internet with public transparency which could help lessening people's misery.
Many analysts believe the ongoing war in Kachin territories is quite a hostile offensive rather than a defensive battle as government used to say. Then, people would label the President's third message in this January as a deliberate falsification.