August 20, 2016

PROGRESS IN STEPS — Government, ethnic representatives meet in Yangon for NCA signing

Peace makers discuss an eight-point proposal.
Peace makers discuss an eight-point proposal.

THE Preparatory Committee for 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference met the Delegation for Political Negotiation (DPN) at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon yesterday.
Chairman of the
Preparatory Committee Dr Tin Myo Win, DPN leader Khu U Yal and U Thein Zaw of the Preparatory Committee spoke at the event.
The meeting discussed an eight-point proposal submitted by the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) of finding ways to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement and join the peace conference.
After the meeting Dr Tin Myo Win described their discussions as productive enough to facilitate the peace process. He also expressed his thanks to the ethnic leaders for their active participation and interesting suggestions at the meeting.
DPN’s second leader Guan Maw called the discussions at the meeting constructive, pledging that they were doing their best to join the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference. He expressed his understanding of public speculation about the prospect of non-NCA ethnic signatories jointing the peace conference.
“We, non-NCA signatories, have come here with our trust in the government and our keenness to the peace conference,” Guan Maw, second leader of the DPN, said, pledging to find some common ground for the good of the country.
The meeting drew 11 representatives from the government side and 10 others from the ethnic side.
The 16 members of the UPDJC, ethnic armed organisations and the preparation committee for the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong will discuss the political framework tomorrow, said U Hlaing Maung Shwe, Secretary of the committee.
“During this meeting we discussed today what we want to amend in the NCA. The results are documented and when we reach agreement these results after negotiation, we will sign it.” said Gwan Maw.


Ye Khaung Nyunt


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