December 09, 2016

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Peace Commission, UNFC discuss unsettled proposals

The meeting between Peace Commission and United Nationalities Federal Council in progress. Photo: Pe Zaw
The meeting between Peace Commission and United Nationalities Federal Council in progress. Photo: Pe Zaw

The unsettled proposals of the Delegation for Political Negotiations (DPN) of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), one of the non-signatories of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, were discussed at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon yesterday.
The meeting was attended by nine representatives of the government, the Hluttaw and the Tatmadaw and eleven representatives of the DPN.
During the meeting on 15 October, four proposals of the UNFC were agreed upon by the participants, but another four proposals were left unapproved for further discussion.
“It is the third time since negotiations were held between the Peace Commission and the DPN. The peace process is actually a trust building process. We have always opened ways for further discussions. Discussions are moving toward the positive ends,” Member of the supporting group to the Peace Commission U Hla Maung Shwe said.
As the unsettled proposals are mainly concerned with the Joint Monitoring Committee, the issues will be discussed at the Political Framework Review Meeting at the end of November.
“We are trying to speed up the process by discussing the issues phase by phase. Everyone has agreed to abide by the NCA. The most important problem for us is that not all EAOs can participate in the process. But we have been feeling the same with the people for a long time, and we want to leave peace for future generations,’ U Khu Oo Yai, Leader of the DPN said.
The CT team and the government are now preparing for the national level political dialogues.
The initial political dialogues will be held in Kayin State and Tanintharyi Region and these will be held in other states and regions step by step before holding the second Union Peace Conference.

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