July 01, 2017

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NEW NAME FOR PEACE CENTRE

NRPC to become a government organisation

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi holds the meeting with representatives of the government, peace negotiator Dr Tin Myo Win, and personnel from Myanmar Peace Centre. Photo: MNA
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi holds the meeting with representatives of the government, peace negotiator Dr Tin Myo Win, and personnel from Myanmar Peace Centre. Photo: MNA

STATE Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has urged stakeholders in Myanmar’s peace process to have a giving mind-set rather than a taking mind-set when they sit at the negotiation table for national reconciliation and internal peace.
“Concerning national reconciliation and internal peace, what counts is for all participants to discuss on the basis of what they can give rather than what they would like to take,” said State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at a meeting held at the Presidential Palace yesterday to coordinate matters relating to formation of the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) and preparations for the 21st-Century Panglong Conference.
She went on to say that discussions are to be based on Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) but with flexibility and that the meeting’s agenda is to be reset through reviewing the political dialogue framework.
“In the transformation of the Myanmar Peace Centre (MPC) into the NRPC, the NRPC will become a government organisation under the ministry of the State Counsellor’s Office and it is, therefore, necessary for this organisation to abide by the budgetary regulations as well as civil service regulations,” said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, adding NRPC will have its head office in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon MPC will be transformed into Yangon Branch of NRPC.
Regarding convening of the 21st-Century Panglong Conference, a suitable place will be selected, and the NRPC formation process will be led by U Kyaw Tint Swe, said the State Counsellor.
A preparatory committee for convening the 21st-Century Panglong Conference will be formed, and a sub-committee will also be formed to coordinate the continuation of discussions with indigenous armed organisations that have already signed the NCA.
Similarly, another sub-committee will be formed to discuss and coordinate with those indigenous armed organisations that have not signed the NCA yet. As there are time limitations, both these sub-committees are to hold meetings simultaneously but separately.
“The committee and sub-committees are to be formed this week to perform their duties with greater momentum,” said the State Counsellor, adding that a CSO Forum is to be held parallel to the political dialogues in order to allow civil society organisations participate.
“The CSO Forum has to be formed with representatives selected by CSOs themselves, and the NRPC is to provide necessary assistance in this process. Suggestions and recommendations made by the CSO Forum are to be taken into account, and the discussions should not include too many people,” she said.
Furthermore, the State Counsellor said she would meet the Union-level Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) to clarify matters concerning preparatory measures for the formation of the NRPC and the convening of the 21st-Century Panglong Conference. She also said the reformation of the UPDJC will take place as soon as possible.—Myanmar News Agency

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