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June 07, 2018

Framework review important to make the 21st Century Panglong a success

Khu U Yae seen explaining to mediamen. Photo: Ye Khaung Nyunt
Khu U Yae seen explaining to mediamen. Photo: Ye Khaung Nyunt

Participation in the Political Dialogue Framework Review to be held in the first week of August by the non-signatory ethnic armed organizations to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement is the only means to enable them to participate in the Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong, said Khu U Yae, the leader of the UNFC’s delegation for political negotiation (DPN) at a press briefing held at Chatrium Hotel in Yangon yesterday.
“Our UNFC represents seven ethnic armed organizations. Tomorrow, the UPC—21st Century Panglong preparatory committee will come to meet us in Chiangmai to discuss thoroughly how we can participate in the framework review.  The success of 21st century Panglong depends dramatically upon the accomplishment of the framework if I’ve to speak out unambiguously,” added Khu U Yae.
He went on to say that when the framework was formulated by the previous government, the NCA non-signatory ethnic armed organizations were left, and that these non-signatory organizations were thus required to participate in the process of the framework review.
“Among these seven organizations, certain groups have signed bilateral ceasefire agreement with the government at state-level whereas there are those which have not signed such kind of agrements. Besides, there are also three organizations that are engaged in clashes with the Tatmadaw. So, we’ve requested the representatives of the government to find a solution as to by which status we can participate— the observer status or the full-fledged member status,” said Khu U Yae, adding that “we’ve to learn lesson from the past experience. We’re going to do our best in Maijayan.”
A preliminary meeting will be held in Maijayan from 26th to 29th July to enable the non-signatory ethnic armed organizations to participate in the 21st century Panglong where a common agreement will be sought for establishment of a federal union, it is learnt.—Ye Khaung Nyunt


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