August 19, 2016

Political dialogue framework review meeting begins

U Hla Maung Shwe. Photo: Phoe Htaung
U Hla Maung Shwe. Photo: Phoe Htaung

A POLITICAL dialogue framework review meeting involving the representatives from the government, Tatmadaw, parliament and political parties was held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon yesterday.
Chairman of the 21st Century Union Peace Conference Preparatory Committee Dr Tin Myo Win, Chairman of the subcommittee (1) Lt-Gen Yar Pyae and U Tun Tun Hein of UPDJC’s political party group extended greetings at the meeting.
In his address, Dr Tin Myo Win said that efforts are being made to ensure inclusivity in the peace conference, expressing hope that political dialogue would continue after the conference.
According to the preparatory committee chairman, the review meeting was between the government and a group representing political parties.
The meeting is also set to be held with representatives from NCA signatory and NCA non-signatory groups before representatives from the government, parliament, Tatmadaw, political parties and signatories and non-signatories of the NCA meet on Saturday, said the chairman.
The review of the political dialogue framework will be approved at a UPDJC meeting scheduled to be held on 15 August, he added.
Likewise, Lt-Gen Yar Pyae highlighted the importance of the political dialogue framework, saying that the NCA is a basic principal to solve all problems by political means.
The political dialogue framework created within 60 days after the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement needs to be revised to allow non-NCA signatories to join the peace conference, added the subcommittee (1) chairman.
He warned that ceasefire deal will not last long unless political agreement is reached, stressing that political dialogue is very important.
It is required that a review of NCA non-signatories on the framework be taken into account, he added.
U Hla Maung Shwe, secretary of the preparatory committee, said that the review meeting between the government and ethnic armed organisations will be held today, adding that a decision on revision of the political dialogue framework will be made at the UPDJC meeting.


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