A workshop by a group representing 22 political parties which will take part in discussion on the security sector at the coming Union Peace Conference —21st Century Panglong took place at Orchid Hotel in Yangon from 27 February to 1 March.After the workshop, Secretary of Working Committee of Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) Tar Hla Pe from Ta’aung Palaung National Party, secretary of the working committee Min Zayar Oo of Mon National Party, secretary of UPDJC’s political parties Sai Kyaw Nyunt from Shan Nationalities League for Democracy, Representative Daw Khin Sein Myint from Tai Lai (Red Shan) Nationalities Development Party and Sai Htay Aung Chairman of Tai Lai (Red Shan) Nationalities Development Party held a press conference.
“Security sector was the main topic during the three-day discussion. Defence sector was discussed on a prioritised basis as UPDJC decided to discuss it in the coming Union Peace Conference — 21 st Century Panglong All parties agreed the point that armed groups must be under the purview of the civilian government when a federal union emerges,” said Sai Kyaw Nyunt. The parties have reached full consensus about deployment of the Tatmadaw and ethnic armed forces and security matters to be tackled in line with the law, Tar Hla Pe said. “We’ll discuss union-level security sector, taking suggestions from 22 parties,” he added. He continued that the Tatmadaw’s involvement in peace sector is important and the peace process will achieve success only when the government, political parties and civil society organisations build the nation together in the future. Five representatives were chosen from 22 political parties to discuss security sector. UPDJC is consisted of five representatives from the government, Hluttaw, Tatmadaw and ethnic armed groups, said Min Zayar Oo.
Ye Khaung Nyunt