October 22, 2017

5 FULL DAYS OF TALKS — Union Peace Conference kicks off

President U Thein Sein delivers speech at the opening of the Union Peace Conference in Nay Pyi Taw.
President U Thein Sein delivers speech at the opening of the Union Peace Conference in Nay Pyi Taw.

THE Union Peace Conference, the very first inclusive political dialogue, kicked off at the Myanmar International Convention Centre-2 in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday with the attendance of representatives from the government, parliament, the Tatmadaw, armed groups and political parties.
A 45-member panel of chairmen for the UPC was selected and approved in the afternoon session.
The first day of the conference was chaired by U Aung Min, Union Minister and a representative from the government, U Thein Zaw, a representative from the parliament, Lt-Gen Ye Aung, a representative from the Tatmadaw, Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win, a representative from the ethnic armed groups, and U Aik Paung, a representative from the political parties.
Secretaries of the joint committee for Union peace talks U Hla Maung Shwe, Maj-Gen Soe Naing Oo and U Khet Htain Nan clarified the topics and schedules of the conference and disciplines.
Representatives from seven groups discussed the main topics set for discussion at the conference – politics, security, economic and social issues as well as issues related to land and natural resources.
The group discussion will continue tomorrow.
The conference, which is the biggest gathering of political forces in the country since its independence in 1948, will run until Saturday.
The conference is held according to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement signed on October 15, in 2015.

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