NAYPYIDAW — President Thein Sein received various political stakeholders at his residence in the Burmese capital Naypyidaw on Monday, in an unprecedented conference of 48 leaders representing ethnic, military and political interests. “I believe this meeting will reflect the views of the entire country,” the president said during his opening remarks. “That’s why I have invited ethnic affairs ministers from different states and regions.” [irrawaddy_gallery] Among the attendees were Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services Vice Snr-Gen Soe Win; parliamentary Speakers Shwe Mann and Khin Aung Myint; Vice Chairman of the Union Solidarity and development Party Htay Oo; Chairwoman of the National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi; Chairman of the National Unity Party Than Tin; Khin Maung Swe of the Federal Democratic Alliance; Sai Ai Bao of the Nationalities Brotherhood Federation; Khun Htun Oo of the United Nationalities Alliance; Dr. Manan Tu Ja of the Kachin Democratic party; Chairman of the All Nationals’ Democracy Party Phoe Yel; and ethnic affairs ministers representing Lisu, Rawan Pa-O and several other minorities.
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