February 11, 2017

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Preparatory subcommittee 1 for Union Peace Conference continues meeting

Participants discuss at the meeting of the preparatory committee 1 for the Union Peace Conference—the 21st Century Panglong Conference. Photo: Htein Nan Naw
Participants discuss at the meeting of the preparatory committee 1 for the Union Peace Conference—the 21st Century Panglong Conference. Photo: Htein Nan Naw

By Myo Myint, Honey Win
THE second work coordination meeting of the preparatory subcommittee 1 continued in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday with those present discussing rounds of political dialogue set to be held at the peace conference and matters related to citizens and the CSO forum, topics for discussion and guidelines.
The meeting was attended by Dr Tin Myo Win, chairman of the preparatory committee for the Union Peace Conference–the 21st Century Panglong Conference, Lt-Gen Yar Pyae, chairman of the subcommittee 1 and vice-chairman P’doh Saw Kwe Htoo Win as well as members.
The meeting was aimed at reviewing the political dialogue framework, focusing on agenda items to be discussed at the conference and stakeholder involvement in it, said Dr Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong, secretary 1 of the subcommittee 1.
Ten topics under five agenda themes which are to be discussed in political talks at different levels were chosen at the meeting, added the secretary (1).
The outcomes of separate topics of discussion held by the working committees will be submitted to the UPDJC meeting through the UPDJC secretariat in order to turn the points into agreements at the Union Peace Conference, he added.
U Khun Myint Tun, member of subcommittee 1, said that the meeting made important decisions paving the way towards the planned Peace Conference.
The meeting decided to allow the NCA non-signatories to join the Conference where they will have access to political dialogue, he added. According to U Khun Myint Tun, the NCA non-signatory groups are set to hold talks with the State Counsellor on 17 July.
U Khun Maung Thaung, another member of subcommittee 1, expressed his view that the conference is being seen as a work in progress towards a lasting peace in Myanmar.
He called for the participation of all in the conference and for all to do their bit to find a settlement between the factions after more than six decades of conflict.

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