Seminar on National Solidarity
Thoo Mweh klo Agreement
Date: December 14, 1998
Burma is a country inhabited by many indigenous ethnic nationalities. In the modern Burmese history, even though the consensus agreement between General Aung San and the leaders of indigenous ethnic nationalities had achieved national solidarity and obtained independence, this solidarity deteriorated along with the death of general Aung San.
As a consequence of long years of oppression under the military dictatorship, the national solidarity is in a vulnerable state of total disintegration. The immediate need of the people of all the nationalities, being the abolition of the military dictatorship and the building of a modern society with lasting peace and prosperity, could be achieved only through a consolidated national strength. Thus, the building of national solidarity is the main task of the people of all the nationalities, today. Just as the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and the political parties representing the nationalities, jointly and actively have been undertaking the said task, we, the 23 organizations, whose signatures appeared below, successfully held the "Seminar on National Solidarity," from the 12th to 14th of December, 1998, at Thoo Mweh Klo, Kawthoolei State, and unanimously reached the agreement given below.
1. The Seminar recognized that the 1947 Panglong Agreement and pledges contained in the Agreement, the 1990 Bo Aung Kyaw Street Declaration, the 1992 Marnerplaw Agreement and the 1997 Mae Tha Raw Hta Agreement are the historic agreements representing the fundamental interest of the ethnic nationalities and the people.
2. The Seminar unanimously determined that the conflict prevailing in Burma is a conflict between the oppressive military dictatorship, on the one side, and the oppressed people of all the nationalities on the other, and as it has been intensifying, day by day, it is now approaching a decisive stage.
3. As a result of domination of the SLORC/SPDC military dictatorship, there was lack of democratic rights and loss of the rights of the nationalities, in present day Burma. Therefore, it was unanimously decided that the abolishment of the military dictatorship was the principal and common task of the country.
4. It was decided that all political parties, organizations and individuals, irrespective of race, religion and political ideology, were to join hands and work together, starting from the lowest possible stage, in the struggling for the abolition of the SLORC/SPDC military dictatorship.
5. The SLORC/SPDC has no right to lead in organizing and convening the National Convention. Therefore, the Seminar unanimously decided that the National Convention of the SPDC could absolutely not be accepted.
6. The Seminar unanimously decided to promote and practice the multi-party democratic system, in accordance with aspiration of the entire people of all the Nationalities.
7. The Seminar unanimously decided to establish a genuine federal union, composed of national states, having national equality and full right of self-determination.
8. The Seminar decided to support the demand for the convening of parliament, formation of the Committee Representing People's Parliament and the Parliamentary Affairs Committees by the victorious parties in the 1990 election, the National League for Democracy (NLD) and the 4 political parties representing the ethnic nationalities.
9. This Seminar decided to cooperate in the struggle for the emergence of tripartite dialogue, as an immediate task.
10. The Seminar welcomed and supported the active involvement of the United Nations and the international organizations for the establishment of peace and democracy in Burma. Since the 1998 UNGA Resolutions on Burma were correct, the Seminar unanimously demanded that they be implemented, in practice, by the responsible authorities.
11. The Seminar strongly condemned the involvement of the SPDC military dictatorship, as a principal partner, in the cultivation, by the responsible authorities.
12. The Seminar called upon foreign investors not to invest in Burma, so long as the SPDC military dictatorship was in power.
13. The Seminar decided that all the organizations attending the Seminar were to take the responsibility for the maintenance and implementation of the decisions and to form a Coordinating and Organizing Committee in order to continue for the implementation the decisions.
1. U Tin Maung thet
All Burma Muslim Union (ABMU)
2. U Myo Win
All Burma Students' Democratic Front (ABSDF)
3. U Myat Thu
All Burma Students' League (ABSL)
4. Ashin Kaymar Sara
All Burma Young Monk's Union (ABYMU)
5. U Tha Noe
Arakan League for Democracy (ALD)
6. Khaing Myo Min
Arakan Liberation Party (ALP)
7. S'lai Shwe Khar
Secretary, Foreign Affair Department
Chin National Front (CNF)]
8. S'lai Tha Nei Luai
Chin National League for Democracy (CNLD)
9. Saw Jacob
Central Organizing Committee
Communist Party of Burma (CPB)
10. U Zaw Naing Oo
Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS)
11. Saw Shwe Hser
Karen National Union (KNU)
12. B. Kyah Oo
Lahu Democratic Front (LDF)
13. U Soe Lwin
Myeik-Dewai United Front (MDUF)
14. U Kyaw Hla
Muslim Liberation Organization (MLO)
15. U Deniel Aung
Members of Parliament Union
16. U Than Htut
National League for Democracy-Liberated Area (NLD-LA)
17. U Kyaw Htet
People Defense Force (PDF)
18. U Aye Saung
People's Liberation Front (PLF)
19. Khun Okker
Pa-O People's Liberation Organization (PPLO)
20. U Aung Myint
People's Patriotic Party (PPP)
21. Mai Aik Pong
Palaung State Liberation Front (PSLF)
22. Khun Kyar Nu
Shan Democratic Union (SDU)
23. Maha San
Wa National Organization (WNO)
24. U Maung Maung Latt
Members of Parliament Union