Statement on the release of Sao Khun Htoon Oo and political prisoners by Burmese government

Dated 13.01.2012 1. Restoration Council of the Shan State (RCSS)/ Shan State Army (SSA) fully appreciates about the fact that SNLD chairman, Sao Khun Htoon Oo, Secretary Sai Nuat a.k.a Sai Nyunt Lwin and the other political prisoners were released on 13 January 2011, can now reunion with their family and friends and can continue working for national peace and development. RCSS/SSA also very much appreciates the president U Thein Sein for granting the amnesty to many of the political prisoners as well.

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On the other hand, in order to build a lasting peace and for the development of the country, RCSS/SSA urges president U Thein Sein government to be sincere and open-minded to further start the negotiation of peace process with the ethnic armed groups for positive change as soon as possible.

Central Executive Committee Restoration Council of the Shan State