Army Chief Vows to Inform Press Council About Peace Process

By The Irrawaddy 25 January 2016

RANGOON — The chief of the Burma Army has promised greater transparency throughout the peace process, telling the country’s press council that it will serve as an important liaison between the military and the national media.

Speaking to council members on Sunday in Naypyidaw, Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing said the press council would be “contacted directly” about military-related news, and that press releases will be issued if necessary.

The commander said the press was often “incorrect,” warranting greater cooperation between the military and the country’s highest semi-independent media body, formed last year with 24 members.

Min Aung Hlaing said the Burma Army was committed to full implementation of a lasting peace agreement, and viewed ending civil conflict as necessary for the country’s stability and development.

Reiterating that the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) and security sector reform (SSR) process must adhere to a firm timeframe, the commander said the military was working closely with the government and the Parliament to ensure the rule of law and urged the media to remain “positive.”