Political Dialogue Framework Discussion Successful
AN agreement has been reached on the revision of the framework for political dialogue at the meeting of Preparatory Subcommittee-1 for the Union Peace Conference, also known as the the 21st Century Panglong Conference. The meeting was held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Yangon at 10am yesterday.
The meeting included discussions on the points in chapters 7 and 8 of the political dialogue framework as well as miscellaneous chapters to be discussed by the ethnic armed organisations that have signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA).
After the meeting, the Preparatory Committee for the Union Peace Conference chairperson Dr Tin Myo Win said he was proud of the successful convention of the four-day meeting from 9 to 12 June. He said the success of the convention can be attributed to the well-preparedness for the framework review and the patience of the members of Subcommittee-1, Lieutenant-General Yar Pyay and the leader of ethnic armed organisations.
He also said the non-signatories to NCA would be invited again to participate in the framework review meeting to allow them to participate in the Union Peace Conference.
“I believe that if the meeting can yield a positive result, Myanmar will reach the goal of peace, which the entire world is hoping for,” he said.
Next, the vice chairperson of the Union Peace Conference Preparatory Subcommittee, Padoh Saw Kwe Htoo Win from Karen National Union (KNU), said the meeting was successful, that the framework is important to make political dialogue a success and that the framework focuses on peacebuilding, which is a national objective. He said ceasefire is fundamental to peacebuilding.
“This sort of political issue is not just a problem taking place between the government and the ethnic minorities. It is a national concern, and it also concerns other groups,” he said.
The meeting came to an end at 1pm, and the attendees responded to the queries raised by local and foreign reporters. —Ye Khaung Nyunt