YANGON, May 1 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar President U Thein Sein vowed on Thursday to continue to strive for achieving internal peace and improving people's livelihood, saying the success of reform, which is being undertaken, depends on citizens respecting the rule of law and cooperating with the government.
Citing the finalization of the first draft of a single text of the nationwide ceasefire agreement in early April, U Thein Sein underlined in his regular monthly radio speech to the nation that the move represented a step closer to peace, adding a nationwide ceasefire agreement can soon be signed.
U Thein Sein also vowed to continue to make necessary preparation for holding political dialogue to resolve armed conflicts.
"Peace building is difficult and it is to be expected that efforts in solving decades-old problems will encounter many problems," he said, but adding that "I will strive to achieve peace that our citizens steadfastly desire."
The government's Central Peace Making Work Committee and the armed ethnic groups' National Cease-fire Coordination Team (NCCT) met for four days in Yangon in early April, agreeing on the first draft of a single text of the nationwide crease fire agreement to be presented for further discussion in details in the next talks expected later this month.
Touching on a March violence in the country's western state of Rakhine, U Thein Sein said some lawbreakers were responsible for the riot.
"These events are universally unacceptable and should have never happened. We will not accept this kind of behavior and action against the offenders is being taken pursuant to the law," he said.
To prevent similar issues from escalating into violence in the future, he urged cooperation with the Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) established with government members, international organizations and representatives of civil groups, adding the public will be consulted and closer attention be given when carrying out peace, stability and development work in the state.
Meanwhile, a five-day ethnic Rakhine National Conference has been underway in the state's Kyaukphyu since last weekend to seek solution to issues including communal conflicts and violence challenging the state.
Top on the conference agenda were discussions on Rakhine national's peace, security and development and an outcome on settlement of the challenges, agreed by participants, is expected.