YANGON, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's State Administration Council (SAC) Chairman Senior General Min Aung Hlaing on Friday invited the Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) for peace talks.
In a video message, Min Aung Hlaing said his government and military had already promised to build a federal democratic Union, which was continuously asked by the EAOs.
He added that Myanmar's Diamond Jubilee Independence Day would fall on Jan. 4, 2023, and current situations in the country were indicating that people in the country did not fully enjoy yet the essence of independence.
The main cause of the problems in the country is ethnic armed conflicts that come from disagreements, Min Aung Hlaing said.
"Once we can solve the problems, we can fully enjoy the essence of independence and democracy. Therefore, I said that 2022 will be the year of peace and I will work to end the armed conflicts nationwide," he said.
So far, 10 ethnic armed groups have signed the National Ceasefire Agreement with the government since it was initiated in October 2015.
"I invite all EAOs leaders to peace talks to practically and effectively end the armed conflicts," Min Aung Hlaing said.
The SAC chairman added that he and his SAC members would participate in the peace talks with the EAOs, and urged the leaders and two members each from all EAOs to attend the dialogue.
The date of the peace talks would be set after negotiating with the EAOs, he said, demanding a reply for the proposed peace talks no later than May 9.
The state power of Myanmar was transferred to Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing after the declaration of the state of emergency in February last year.