September 20, 2017

Myanmar Peace Centre to host preparatory meeting for political dialogue

A meeting of three stakeholder groups representing political parties, the government and ethnic ceasefire signatories was held at the Myanmar Peace Centre in Yangon last month.
A meeting of three stakeholder groups representing political parties, the government and ethnic ceasefire signatories was held at the Myanmar Peace Centre in Yangon last month.

A meeting to gear up for the country’s first Union Peace Conference is set to start on 5 January and last three days at the Myanmar Peace Centre in Yangon, according to an official from the centre.
Altogether, 15 representatives from five stakeholder groups will attend the meeting in preparation for the first session of political dialogue, said U Hla Maung Shwe, a senior adviser at the peace centre.
“The MPC will host the meeting set to run for three days from 5 January prior to the fourth round of the Union Political Dialogue Joint Committee meeting slated for 9 January in Nay Pyi Taw,” said the senior adviser.
According to U Hla Maung Shwe, who is also a secretary representing the government, the UPDJC meeting is expected to run for three days until 11 January, ahead of the political dialogue, which is due to begin on 12 January in Nay Pyi Taw.
He confirmed his presence at the three-day pre-meeting in Yangon together with U Khin Yi and U Than Htay on behalf of the government.
Secretaries representing the stakeholder groups, including the government, parliament, Tatmadaw, ethnic armed organisations and political parties will consider topics slated for discussion at the first session of political dialogue, the secretary told The Global New Light of Myanmar.
Sai Kyaw Nyunt, representing the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy, said political parties had made no preparations for the meeting.
“We will discuss subjects on the agendas established by the stakeholder groups of the government and ethnic armed organisations,” said Sai Kyaw Nyunt, who plans to attend the meeting as a secretary representing the political parties.
The main topics set to be covered at the first session of the peace conference include political, security, economic and social issues and land and natural resources policies.
“In my view, there will not be comprehensive discussions on the topics at the UPC, as the conference may last between one week and 10 days, possibly as long as two weeks,” said the secretary representing the political parties.
He quoted Union Minister U Aung Min as saying no decisions will be made on the topics discussed at the UPC, and the first peace conference will serve as the foundation for the next government to work toward achieving lasting peace in the country.

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