September 02, 2016

Political dialogue framework set to be finalized prior to next conference

U Hla Maung Shwe, Lt-Gen Khin Zaw Oo(Rtd), Dr Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong and Sai Kyaw Nyunt (from left to Right).
U Hla Maung Shwe, Lt-Gen Khin Zaw Oo(Rtd), Dr Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong and Sai Kyaw Nyunt (from left to Right).

A framework for political dialogue is set to be finalized before the second round of the 21st Century Panglong Union Peace Conference, according to a press conference on the third day of the ongoing conference in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
Retired Lt-Gen Khin Zaw Oo said that the political dialogue framework will be finalized before the next conference where a common ground will be sought for discussions on the agenda items at national-level political dialogues.
The organizing committee is responsible to compile discussions and submitted a set of discussions to the next conference, he added.
Dr Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong said that United Nationalities Federal Council, a coalition of seven ethnic armed organizations who have not signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement yet, presented a paper on its policies to the third-day session of the conference.
Five representatives from the UNFC read out the paper at the conference as each representative of an organization or individual member is given only 10 minutes, he added.
UNFC held a meeting with the subcommittee-2 of the 21st Century Panglong Union Peace Conference preparatory committee last month and made an eight-point proposal for signing the NCA.
In connection with the eight-point proposal, Dr Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong said that the responsibility rested with the
government, the army and the United Nationalities Federal Council.
“The government or the UNFC or the Delegation for Political Negotiation should be contacted for that issue.”
Sai Kyaw Nyunt described the peace conference as effective to the peace process, expressing praise for the constructive approach taken by the government and the army.
Remaining organisations will present their policies on the last day of the 21st Panglong Conference, with officials saying that the Joint Committee will adopt a framework for the national-level political dialogue after taking into consideration the proposals made by respective organisations.
Sai Kyaw Nyunt described varied voices at the conference as challenges, but he added that these challenges can be taken as advantages.
According to him, this will prompt stakeholders to find a way out of the diverse opinions on the establishment of a democratic federal union.
The third-day session of the 21st Century Panglong Conference was followed by a press conference, in which retired Lt-Gen Khin Zaw Oo, U Hla Maung Shwe and Dr Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong, U Zaw Htay and U Sai Kyaw Nyunt responded to the queries raised by the correspondents.


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