October 19, 2016

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Political dialogue expected to begin in November

National Level Political Dialogues are expected to start in November, according to U Hla Maung Shwe, Secretary of the The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC).
The Secretary said yesterday at the second-day meeting that work on the framework review for political dialogue was almost complete.
“Negotiations have been smooth and we will be able to conclude the framework review tomorrow. So, political dialogues are likely to be held in November,” U Hla Maung Shwe said.
However, the Delegation for Political Negotiation of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) and the Peace Commission have scheduled to discuss the remaining four points that have not yet been agreed upon in early November, and there are some issues to be solved.
“At present, it can be assumed that we still have difficulties to overcome. However, we have cooperated in the framework review for political dialogues and at the same time, we are trying to find out ways and means for signing the NCA and how to reduce military tensions”, said U Khu Oo Yel, Leader of the DPN,
“Inclusiveness still poses a problem with the NCA. We want peace for the entire country. So, it is necessary to allow all stakeholders to participate in the political dialogues,” he added.
Fifteen representatives of the government, eighteen representatives of ethnic armed groups and fourteen representatives of political parties participated in the second day of the framework review meeting, which will continue for the third day today.


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