Official Statement of
The Third Ethnic Nationality Seminar
(1) The Third Ethnic Nationality Seminar was successfully held
from January 28, 2004 to February 2, 2004 at Law-hkee-la Camp in
Kawthoolei. Sixty-one delegates and observers from the ethnic nationality
alliances, parties and organizations attended the Seminar and participated
in free and frank discussions.
(2) The Ethnic Nationalities Solidarity and Cooperation Committee
(ENSCC) submitted its report covering two years of its activities
and the various alliances, parties and organizations submitted papers
expressing views and opinions on the Tripartite Dialogue and the
Solidarity of the Ethnic Nationalities.
(3) The Seminar agreed to firmly uphold the aims and objects of
agreement reached at the First Ethnic Nationality Seminar at "Mae-the-raw-ta"
in 1997, being the resolution of political problems of the Union
of Burma through tripartite dialogue and the establishment of a
true Federal Union.
(4) The Seminar observed that the SPDC's 7-stage "road map"
and the attempt
to reconvene its National Convention, temporarily suspended in 1996,
would not lead to democratization and establishment of a federal
union but only sustain a military dictatorship in the country.
(5) For peace in the country, the flourishing of democracy, the
establishment of a federal system, and the speedy and timely emergence
of democratic transition, the ethnic nationalities will launch the
"Rebuilding the Union of Burma" initiative consisting
of the following points.
(a) To hold, at the earliest date, the tripartite dialogue, as
called for by the UN resolutions annually since 1994;
(b) To form an interim government comprising of representatives,
proportionally, of the SPDC, the NLD and other political parties,
victorious in the 1990 elections, and the ethnic nationalities,
based on the agreement arrived at the tripartite dialogue;
(c) The interim government is to convene a legitimate "National
(d) To form various commissions, with approval of the National
Convention, to draft constitutions of the Federal Union and the
(e) To hold national referendum for adoption of the Federal Constitution
and to hold referendum in various constituent States for adoption
of respective State Constitutions;
(f) To hold elections at national level and state level for the
formation of Federal government and State governments in various
States in accordance with the newly adopted Federal and respective
(g) Subsequent to the elections, the Federal and State parliaments
(legislatures) are to be convened and the respective election-winning
parties are to form the Federal and various State governments;
(6) In addition to welcoming and supporting involvement of the
international community, including the UN, in the affairs of Burma,
the Seminar welcomes and supports efforts by the Thai government
for national reconciliation in the Union of Burma.
(7) In accordance with requirement of the political situation of
Burma, the delegates to the Seminar successfully established the
"Ethnic Nationalities Council," a coalition for proceeding
towards a "United Ethnic Nationalities Voice and Platform"
for the Tripartite Dialogue. In addition, the Seminar decided to
continue with maintaining the existence of the ENSCC.
(8) Since complete solution to protracted and multifarious problems
facing the Union of Burma, and lasting peace and stability, can
be gained only through the tripartite dialogue process demanded
by the UN resolutions, this Seminar calls upon the SPDC to unconditionally
cease all military offensives against the ethnic nationalities,
declare a nationwide cease-fire, release all political prisoners,
including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and hold tripartite dialogue at
the earliest date.
We, the ethnic Nationalities, solemnly urge the democratic and
ethnic forces, at home and abroad, for unanimously support and to
make concerted effort to realize the aspirations of the people of
the Union of Burma.
February 3, 2004
(1) Rimond Htoo
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