December 13, 2017

21st Century Panglong commences in Nay Pyi Taw

Ethnic representatives and  diplomats attend the Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong in Nay Pyi Taw.
Ethnic representatives and diplomats attend the Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong in Nay Pyi Taw.

THE Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong commenced yesterday at the Myanmar International Convention Centre—2 in Nay Pyi Taw, with an opening address by Preparatory Committee Chairman Dr Tin Myo Win, who chaired the event.
Dr Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong read out the implementation report of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC), a body assigned to facilitate the political dialogue as agreed in the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).
The committee has 49 members— 16 each from a grouping of the government, the military and the parliament, a grouping of the ethnic armed organisations and a grouping of political parties. According to the UPDJC report, an agreement has been reached to start a national-level political dialogue right after the 21st Panglong, an action which won approval at the recent Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting this month (JICM).
Lt-Gen Yar Pyae clarified the undertakings of the Joint Monitoring Committee at union, state/region and local levels, focusing on the committee’s achievements in the lessening of tension among NCA signatories.
He stressed the need for continuous measures to enhance stability to reduce aggression and build trust among armed groups, adding that these endeavours would facilitate the political dialogue which would pave the way for federalism.
Sai Kyaw Nyunt, Joint Secretary of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), urged all groups to exert more concerted efforts for the inclusion of the armed groups missing in the peace conference and display a strong sense of magnanimity in the establishment of a framework for political dialogue that would shape federalism. An agreement has been reached to continue reviewing the framework for political dialogue right after the 21st Century Panglong, he added.
Pado Saw Kwal Htoo Win said a review of the political dialogue framework would follow the 21st Panglong under the guidance of the Union Peace Dialogue
Joint Committee.
The national-level political dialogue will be conducted as agreed in the framework of political dialogue with participation of representatives from the government, the parliament, the military, ethnic armed organisations, political parties and civil society organisations.
An official read out the specific rules and regulations to be followed by the participants at the conference.
The conference was followed by a press conference with retired Lt-Gen Khin Zaw Oo, U Hla Maung Shwe, Dr Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong, U Zaw Htay and U Sai Kyaw Nyunt responded to queries raised by correspondents.

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