October 20, 2017

next on the agenda — Union Peace Conference to cover five topics

U Aung Naing Oo, a programme director at Myanmar Peace Centre, explains the topics to be discussed at the Union Peace Conference to reporters on 6 January.
U Aung Naing Oo, a programme director at Myanmar Peace Centre, explains the topics to be discussed at the Union Peace Conference to reporters on 6 January.

THE secretaries of groups scheduled to attend the Union Peace Conference agreed to discuss five topics at the country’s first political dialogue following a two-day preparatory meeting at the Myanmar Peace Centre (MPC) yesterday.
The five agenda items include political issues, economic issues and social issues, security and land and natural resources. The stakeholders used the two-day pre-meeting to prepare for the discussion, said U Aung Naing Oo, a programme director at the MPC.
According to U Aung Naing Oo, the topic of establishing a democratic federal Union is set to be discussed under political issues, while internally displaced persons will fall under social issues.
Likewise, the topic of revenue distribution and taxation will be discussed as a part of the segment on economic issues, while the security segment will address basic principles of national security. Natural resources management and distribution will be discussed under the segment on land and natural resources.
The first session of the Union Peace Conference will be held at the Myanmar International Convention Centre II and will run for five days, from 12 to 16 January, in Nay Pyi Taw.
Sai Kyaw Nyunt, secretary of the Union Political Dialogue Joint Committee representing Myanmar’s political parties, said there are plans to hold group discussions on separate topics, assigning representatives of each stakeholder group to discuss each topic.
Group discussions are set to run for three days, from Day 2 to Day 4 of the peace conference, said Sai Kyaw Nyunt, adding that a record of all previous discussions will be read out on the final day of the conference.
He said no decisions will be made on the five topics discussed at the first round of the Union Peace Conference.
Starting on 5 January, the stakeholder groups, representing the current government and parliament, the Tatmadaw, ethnic armed groups and political parties, held preliminary discussions on the structure of the upcoming Union Peace Conference. The pre-meeting ended the following day.

 

Ye Myint

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