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Myanmar president outlines new policy on domestic affairs

(Xinhua)

13:41, August 18, 2011

YANGON, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar President U Thein Sein has outlined some new policies especially dealing with the country's economy, armed conflicts with ethnic armed groups and dissidents staying in and out of the country.

Addressing a special meeting with officials from economic and social sectors, associations and organizations in Nay Pyi Taw Wednesday, U Thein Sein said ways and means are being sought to ease the crisis that farmers are facing out of economic sanctions, flood and poverty and impact on agricultural export earning by falling U.S. dollar against Myanmar Kyat.

The affected export earning out of dollar crisis is being remedied by gradually reducing export tax and even a measure of total exemption of the tax was carried out in a latest move, he said.

On recent armed clashes between the government and the ethnic armed group of Kachin Independence Army (KIA), he maintained that "The Tamadaw (armed forces) will not launch attack, except defensive attacks," saying that the government has shown great patience.

" Not only KIA/KIO but also any anti-government armed groups in Shan state and Kayin state can hold talks with respective governments if they really favor peace" he appealed, reiterating that the door to peace is still kept open.

Dealing with dissidents in and out of the country, U Thein Sein said "Any individuals and organizations in the nation, that have different views from the government, should not take account of disagreements", inviting them to work with the government for common goals in the national interest.

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