August 19, 2016

A PLACE AT THE TABLE — Govt invites non-signatories of NCA to join political dialogue framework meeting

The government peace delegation, led by chief negotiator Dr. Tin Myo Win, and the Delegation for Political Negotiation met on Friday in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The government peace delegation, led by chief negotiator Dr. Tin Myo Win, and the Delegation for Political Negotiation met on Friday in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

THE ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) government has opened the door to all stakeholders in the peace dialogue process, inviting non-signatory ethnic armed groups to participate in the upcoming political dialogue framework meeting.
During the first meeting with the United Nationalities Federal Council’s (UNFC) Delegation for Political Negotiation (DPN) in Chiangmai, Thailand, yesterday, the government’s peace negotiator Dr Tin Myo Win, in his capacity as the chairman of the Union Peace Conference— 21st century Panglong conference preparatory sub-committee 2, has officially invited leaders from the non-signatory groups to join the political dialogue framework meeting, which is scheduled to be held next week.
“For the sake of peace, we will build mutual trust and understanding. Beyond the stage of confidence building, we’ll build a peaceful, affluent, democratic federal union,” said Dr Tin Myo Win.
“We’re all brothers living in the same country. Why were we elected to become the government? Our basic tasks is to effectuate national development, to win the trust of the people and to fulfil food, clothing and shelter needs. How can we achieve these tasks without the restoration of peace? Naturally, there are times when brothers and sisters are not on good terms with one another. This is our assignment. My belief is the deed we’ve performed in our previous lives. And because of this deed or Kamma, we’re meeting in this life. Be frank and feel free to tell me what you have got to say. We’ll also tell you what we have to say,” he added.
The Chiangmai meeting was held to enable the indigenous armed groups that have not signed the nation-wide ceasefire agreement-NCA to participate in the 21st century Panglong conference.
“We hope to be well informed of what we’d like to know. Up to now, we’ve to make our reviews and analyses based on the meeting minutes and the information we have got from the news media. We also would like to know the objectives of the conference under the name of Panglong,” said Gwan Maw, a Major General from the ethnic armed organisations’ delegation.
During the meeting, the non-signatories to the NCA discussed matters concerning participation in the peace conference and the terms and conditions which will enable them to participate.
They also said they would review the political framework.
“Today, we’ve met UNFC members that haven’t signed the NCA yet. They wanted to know whether the terms and conditions were for them to be able to participate in the pace conference. We’ve explained to them as much as we can. We’ll meet again with the indigenous groups before the conference. They said they welcome the new civilian government’s sending of our delegation to them, who haven’t signed the NCA,” said U Hla Maung Shwe, secretary of 21st Century Peace conference Preparatory Sub-Committee 2, which was formed on Tuesday to continue to find solutions with the non-signatory ethnic armed organisations in order for them to participate in the peace conference.
The sub-committee 2 arrived to Chaiangmai on Thursday and met separately with the Shan State Rehabilitation Party (RCSS/SSA).


Ye Khaung Nyunt


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