September 23, 2017

Progressing to Peace — Drafting of framework for dialogue begins

Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham delivers speech at Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM) on Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. Photo: JICM
Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham delivers speech at Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM) on Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. Photo: JICM

JOINT Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM) on the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement began planning the formation of a Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee, which will draft a framework for holding political dialogue as part of efforts for the peace process.
Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham said that the second meeting held yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw was another step towards the implementing nationwide ceasefire agreement, which was signed on 15 October with the government and eight ethnic armed groups.
The vice president also praised the level of coordination between JICM and the ethnic armed groups to form the committee and include political parties in its processes.
Meetings for drafting the framework for political dialogue is scheduled to start before 14 December, 2015, set according to the timeline of the ceasefire terms. Political dialogue is expected to start before 14 January, as it must begin within 90 days after the political framework is signed by the joint committee.
In his opening remarks at the meeting, Vice-President Dr Sai Mauk Kham said that there was no fighting between the army and the eight ethnic armed group signatories since the ceasefire had been signed on 15 October, stressed a need to maintain the current status quo to carry on the remaining steps of the JICM.
He also pledged that the current government would implement the NCA agreement in line with the NCA’s timeline during the remaining term of the government, as part of efforts for laying down good foundations for the next government.
Myanmar government and eight ethnic armed groups have agreed at the first committee meeting on October 31 that both sides would adhere to certain steps until 30 days after the signing of the NCA on October 15.
The two sides were set to draw up a political framework within 60 days after the formal NCA signing and start a political dialogue within 90 days.—Myanmar News Agency

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