August 19, 2016

Reviewing of political dialogue framework : steps to all inclusiveness

The tripartite meeting in progress to review the political dialogue framework.
The tripartite meeting in progress to review the political dialogue framework.

THE three-day meeting to review the political dialogue framework ended yesterday in Yangon and outcomes of the discussion will be put forward to the meeting of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday.
The tripartite meeting was participated in by representatives of the government, 16 armed ethnic organisations and UPDJC-member political parties.
“We see the dawn of the peace and we are on the middle of the road to the federal union,” said Khu Oo Reh, Head of the Delegation for Political Negotiation (DPN), to reporters after the meeting.
“We can build the Federal Union only when we all are in unity,” he added.
He, on behalf of the non-signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, stressed the need to take time for those groups to reach consensus on facts in the political dialogue framework as they have not yet clearly understood the framework because they are new faces at the meeting.
During the three-day meeting the DPN discussed ways for the non-signatories to the NCA to be able to participate in the Union Peace Confernece-21st Century Panglong.
“The proposal of the DPN and ways for non-signatories to NCA to participate in the Union Peace Conference will be decided at the UPDJC meeting on 15 August.” said U Hla Maung Shwe, Secretary of the Preparation Committee for Holding the Union Peace Conference— 21st Century Panglong.
The three-day meeting saw progress and some issues remained to be discussed, said U Hla Maung Shwe.
“The road to negotiation is open to all and we will continue discussions with the DPN” he added, “we are also in negotiations with them to hold discussions again around 20th August. That’s the way the peace process is moving.”


Ye Khaing Nyunt


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