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Stakeholders coming together to hold talks on national peace conference

Joint Monitoring Committee for ceasefire holdsing a meeting  with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on 27 April, 2016. Photo: MNA
Joint Monitoring Committee for ceasefire holdsing a meeting with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on 27 April, 2016. Photo: MNA

STAKEHOLDERS from the government, the Joint Monitoring Committee for ceasefire-JMC and the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee-UPDJC will meet on 10 May to discuss the holding of the national peace conference, said Dr Shwe Khar, Secretary of JMC.
“Regardless of whether it is called the Union Peace Conference or the 21st century Panglong Conference, the State Counsellor has reached an agreement that on 10 May there will be an event which will be attended by between 10 and 15 persons from the government side, JMC side and UPDJC side, to discuss holding the conference, Dr Shwe Khar told the Myanmar News Agency.
“She focused on all-inclusiveness. Although it is important for the meeting to include people who are worthy of inclusion, it should not be that peace must not be sought without them. The State Counsellor said she’ll lead the process,” said Dr Shwe Khar.
The peace process is not just concerned with the government. It is a national concern. The results of peace negotiations are to be carried forward from government to government, U Ko Ko Gyi told Myanmar News Agency.
As peace is a fundamental issue in Myanmar, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will take charge of the peace process, appointing Dr Tin Myo Win as liaison officer for the peace process. Matters relating to the peace process are to be submitted to the State Counsellor through Dr Tin Myo Win, he added.
“According to the nature of the JMC, focus will be on military affairs. Their mission is to monitor the ceasefire to find out whether any troops are violating the positional rules i.e whether the troops remain to be in their respective, designated places,” remarked U Ko Ko Gyi.
“Mutual trust is very important. Interaction among ourselves either at the lower level or at the higher level can lead to enhanced mutual understanding. Such confidence building measures can strengthen mutual trust, which is essential for an agreement to last longer, JMC-U Vice Chairman-1 Saw Issac Po told the Myanmar News Agency.
Dr Shwe Khar, Secretary of JMC-U confirmed that the Myanmar Peace Centre-MPC ,which has provided technical assistance to the peace process, is wanting to continue to exist not just for peace but also to aid the national reconciliation process.—Myanmar News Agency

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