September 23, 2017

Ethnic signatories aim for inclusion of all in post-NCA meetings

Dr Kyaw Yin Hlaing, one of three framework drafting representatives from the government side, explains the contents of the framework to fellow drafting members. Photo: Myanmar Peace Centre
Dr Kyaw Yin Hlaing, one of three framework drafting representatives from the government side, explains the contents of the framework to fellow drafting members. Photo: Myanmar Peace Centre

Non-signatory ceasefire groups have been invited to attend a meeting to approve the draft political dialogue framework slated for 14-15 December, according to a spokesperson of ethnic signatories.
“We would like non-signatories to take part in the upcoming meetings,” said Dr Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong of Chin National Front, one of the ceasefire signatory groups.
A framework for political dialogue that is inclusive of all stakeholders is being drafted by a joint drafting team of three members from each of the political parties, the present USDP government and ethnic signatories at Myanmar Peace Centre in Yangon.
“I cannot say whether it is possible or not to get them involved in the framework approval meetings, but we are genuinely making efforts for it to happen,” said the spokesperson.
Coordination is underway with the leaders of government side as well as non-signatories for the latter’s participation in the upcoming events, he added.
According to the ethnic spokesperson, non-signatories are unlikely to raise serious objections to the ongoing framework drafting. This is because the 10 elements recently approved by the three stakeholder groups differ little from those approved by ethnic armed organizations – including the non-signatories before the inking of truce pact.
A shared vision is needed for signatories and non-signatories, U Myo Win of All Burma Students’ Democratic Front, another NCA signatory, told The Global New Light of Myanmar on Sunday.
A compromise was reached between the government and eight ethnic armed organisations to invite non-signatories to meetings during the framework drafting process as well as political dialogue, thus granting them the status of special invitees, said Khun Myint Tun last week, the leader of Pa-O National Liberation Organisation, which is an NCA signatory.
The joint drafting team was given five days to complete its task – it is midway through the process.
The draft will be submitted for approval by a 24-member drafting committee of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee on 5-6 December at Myanmar Peace Centre, said U Hla Maung Shwe, who represents the government side on the committee.

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