June 29, 2017

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Seven Discuss Five

Union Peace Conference enters second day with seven stakeholders’ discussions on five topics

Caption: Roundtable discussion of the stakeholder group of ethnic armed organisations is seen at the country’s first political dialogue in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo Credit to MPC
Caption: Roundtable discussion of the stakeholder group of ethnic armed organisations is seen at the country’s first political dialogue in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo Credit to MPC

THE first session of the country’s Union Peace Conference, set to run for five days in total entered its second day with group discussions held by seven stakeholders on five topics of discussion at the political dialogue, the first of its kind in Myanmar after its independence.
Day 2 of the conference brought together representatives on behalf of the stakeholder groups of the government, Tatmadaw, Parliament, ethnic armed organisations, political parties, ethnic minorities and other invitees that include intellectuals and intelligentsia into roundtable discussions on five topics under five separate agenda themes— political, economic and social issues, security and land and natural resources.
The five topics of discussion include the basic principles for establishing a democratic federal Union, resettlement and rehabilitation of internally  displaced persons, taxation and revenue sharing, the basic principles for national defence and security and natural resources management and distribution.
U Hla Maung Shwe, senior adviser at the Myanmar Peace Centre, expressed his view on the conference that ongoing political dialogue will be of great benefit to participants, thereby making their objectives clear and contributing towards better networking and trust among them.
According to the conference’s agenda, representatives from respective stakeholder groups are set to take part in group discussions on each of topics on its third and fourth day. All the discussions on each topic will be read out and the presentation of proposals for future political dialogue talks will be presented on the fifth and final day.
On Day 3 and 4 of the conference, representatives from seven groups of stakeholders will be brought into separate topics of discussion, said the MPC’s adviser who represents the group of other invitees at the conference.
For example, 150 or 170 of 700 representatives from seven stakeholder groups to the UPC will gather to partake in topics of discussion under the subject of politics while discussion on land and natural resources will have around 40 representatives, he added.
During the five days of talks on five topics of discussion under five agenda items in Nay Pyi Taw, the Tatmadaw, ethnic armed organisations and political parties have 150 seats each while 75 seats are given to the current government and Parliament and 50 seats each are set for ethnic representatives and other invitees.

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