June 29, 2017

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State Counsellor calls for inclusion of all groups in Peace Conference

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi holds a preparatory committee meeting in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi holds a preparatory committee meeting in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi pushed to invite all stakeholders to the August peace process, at the Union Peace Conference — 21st Century Panglong Preparatory Committee meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, expressing the need to develop reconciliation between the government and ethnic minorities and armed groups to help with national reconciliation.
Dr Tin Myo Win, chairman of the preparatory committee spoke of the progress in negotiation with the NCA non-signatory groups and works that need to be undertaken.
“Polices outlined at the meeting include; works for allowing NCA non-signatory groups to join the Conference, relaxation of restrictions on inviting political parties that do not hold a parliamentary seat to the conference and functions of the National Reconciliation and Peace Center-NRPC in dealing with international donors and their assistance to the peace process,” said U Zaw Htay, spokesperson for the President’s Office.
U Zaw Htay said that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi suggested finding the means for participation of all political parties in the peace conference and that the NRPC is set to handle international funds of the peace process.
“Talks remain to be held with three groups of 21 ethnic armed organisations regarding the new government’s peace policy,” said preparatory committee chairman Dr Tin Myo Win.
Preparations for the conference are underway and the 21st Century Union Peace Conference is set for late August.
U Hla Maung Shwe, secretary of the preparatory committee said, “A meeting between the State Counsellor and the Chairman of United Nationalities Federal Council is scheduled to be held in Yangon and the Union Peace Conference is set to take place in Nay Pyi Taw.”—Myanmar News Agency

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