November 18, 2017

Major Step To Peace

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi talks with non-signatory armed groups

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi holds talks with United Nationalities Federation Council delegation on peace process. Photo: MNA
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi holds talks with United Nationalities Federation Council delegation on peace process. Photo: MNA

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi held talks with a delegation of the United Nationalities Federation Council, led by its Chairman U N’ Ban La, on the country’s peace process at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon yesterday.
During the landmark talks, the first of their type between the new government and non-signatory armed groups, they discussed matters of negotiations between both sides of the peace process to ensure inclusiveness for up coming Union Peace Conference — 21st Century Panglong.
During the meeting, the State Counsellor was accompanied by Dr Tin Myo Win, Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the Union Peace Conference — 21st Century Panglong, Union Minister for the State Counsellor’s  Office U Kyaw Tint Swe and U  Moe Zaw Oo of the State Counsellor’s Office.
Other members of the UNFC’s delegation present at the talks were U Naing Htaw Mon, U Khun Able Thut, U Say Htin and Khu U Yae, the leader of the  UNFC’s Delegation for  Political Negotiation.
U N’ Ban La is from the KIO, while other key DPN delegation members went to U Say Htin of the Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP) and Khun Abel Thut of the New Mon State Party (NMSP).
At the meeting, the two sides were able to build more trust, said U Hla Maung Shwe, Secretary of the preparatory committee, adding that the talks felt more like “a family-type discussion,”
During the meeting, the UNFC side questioned matters which were unclear to them over their participation in the upcoming Union Peace Conference and exchanged their views with the State Counsellor, he added.
“At the meeting, the UNFC delegation proposed some suggestions which can pave the way for the signing of the new Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement,” said U Hla Maung Shwe.
The Preparatory Committee for the Union Peace Conference — 21st Century Panglong will hold talks with UNFC in Chiangmai, Thailand, on 20 July and with the UNFC’s Delegation for Political Negotiation-DPN in Yangon in early August, according to U Hla Maung Shwe.—Ye Khaung Nyunt, Win Win Maw

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