( Yangon, 15 June 2013) : Two major political parties of Arakan region in western Burma have today agreed to unify for a single party.
It was decided in a meeting held in Rangoon, the former capital of Burma, to merge the Rakhine National Development Party (RNDP) and the Arakan League for Democracy (ALD) into one party with an aim to fight for the cause of Arakanese people.
“The delegates representing both the parties have agreed to emerge both RNDP and ALD into a single political party in today’s meeting,” informed Dr Aye Maung, the president of RNDP.
The unification meeting on Saturday have arrived in three important agreements including 1) to combine two parties as a solo party to lead Arakanese people effectively, 2) to emerge accordance with Burma election commission rules and principals and 3) to form an unification committee by the delegates representing both parties.
“We will continue our meeting tomorrow to discuss about the unification process between the two parties. We will also discuss and resolve the policy, strategy and tactic in the meeting. Need not to be mentioned that we are interested to carry out the unification process effectively and without any delay,” added Dr Maung.
The unification meeting started at 9 in the morning in the office Rakhine Thahaya Association, where six delegates from each party attended. The meeting was also graced by over 20 prominent Arakanese senior citizens representing various social groups as observers.
U Aye Tha Aung, the president of ALD, while speaking to Narinjara over phone expressed happiness at the outcome. He personally welcomes the decision related to the unification of RNDP and ALD.
“Our final aim is to unify all Arakanese political parties into a single entity. We are struggling hard for long time to achieve the goal of unification among all Arakanese groups. I must say all the Arakanese people living inside Burma and abroad would welcome the outcome of today’s meeting,” revealed Tha Aung.