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EN Route to Dialogue — Government, ethnic orgs, political parties to appoint UPDJC members

A Union-level joint committee for monitoring the ceasefire was formed with 26 representatives during the second day meeting of the Joint Implementation Coordination meeting of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. Photo: Manmar News Agency
A Union-level joint committee for monitoring the ceasefire was formed with 26 representatives during the second day meeting of the Joint Implementation Coordination meeting of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. Photo: Manmar News Agency

THE Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee will be formed with a total of 48 members—16 each from the government, ethnic armed groups and political parties—to lead political dialogues, said U Aung Min, the vice chairman of the Union Peacemaking Working Committee on Wednesday.
Speaking on the second-day of the meeting of the Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw, U Aung Min also reiterated that a framework for political dialogues would be drafted within 60 days after the UPDJC is formed.
During the meeting, Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win, the general secretary of the Karen National Union, stressed the importance of implementing political dialogues in line with the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), which was signed on 15 October between the Union government and eight ethnic armed groups, calling on representatives from other groups to cooperate with each other as part of the effort to end Myanmar’s armed conflicts and to launch political dialogues.
Meetings for drafting the framework for political dialogue are expected to start before 14 December 2015, according to the timeline of the ceasefire terms. Political dialogue is expected to start before 14 January, as it must begin within 90 days after the political framework is signed by the joint committee.
Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham said that the second meeting held on Tuesday in Nay Pyi Taw was another step toward implementing the NCA.
The vice president also praised the level of coordination between the JICM and the ethnic armed groups to form the committee and include political parties in its processes, urging all stakeholders to maintain the current status quo and carry on the remaining tasks of the JICM.
There have been no clashes between the army and the eight ethnic armed group signatories since the ceasefire was signed on 15 October.
Also at the meeting, a Union-level joint committee for monitoring the ceasefire was formed with 10 representatives each from the government and from the eight ethnic armed groups, plus six civilians proposed by the both sides, totaling 26.
The Myanmar government and eight ethnic armed groups agreed at the first committee meeting on October 31 that both sides would meet certain requirements within the 30 days after the signing of the NCA on 15 October.
The two sides were set to draw up a political framework within 60 days after the formal signing of the NCA and start a political dialogue within 90 days.—Myanmar News Agency

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