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June 24, 2018

TALK AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL — Political dialogue framework reviewed for national-level dialogue

Union Political Dialogue Joint Committee meeting in progress.
Union Political Dialogue Joint Committee meeting in progress.

THE framework for political dialogue was reviewed at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon yesterday as part of ongoing efforts to organise national-level political dialogues this year.
Union Political Dialogue Joint Committee Secretary Dr Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong said the meeting focused on what sections of the agenda should be treated ethnically, regionally and topically at the launch of the national-level political dialogue.
According to him, participants at the meeting agreed to make no change to the five sectors and ten points included in the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement.
The outcomes of the national-level dialogue will be discussed at the Union Political Dialogue Joint Committee, whose final outcomes will be brought to the Union Peace Conference for further discussion.
A nine-member work committee has been formed to begin the national-level dialogue, with three representatives each from the government, political parties and ethnic armed organisations.
The national-level dialogue is expected to commence in January as the Union Peace Conference is reportedly scheduled for February.
According to Dr Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong, plans are underway to hold the first national-level dialogue this year.
The meeting drew representatives from the government, ethnic armed groups and political parties and agreed on NCA-based points that would pave the way for the national-level political dialogue, Dr Tin Myo Win said.


Zaw Gyi (Panita) and Min Thit (MNA)


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