August 22, 2016

Tripartite meeting focuses on preparation for Union Peace Conference

Despite acknowledging that the framework for political dialogue is a priority, a tripartite meeting comprised of representatives from the government, ethnic armed organizations and political parties today cited time restraints and  focused on preparation matters for the Union Peace Conference-21st century Panglong.
The Delegation for Political Negotiation (DPN) representing non-signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement proposed the meeting to change the agenda.
“The time for reviewing the political dialogue framework is too tight for us. Some parts need to be reviewed thoroughly. So, I proposed the meeting to focus the peace conference today so that we can get time for the framework,” said U Khu U Rae, leader of the DPN.
At the meeting today, the preparation committee for the Union Peace Conference-21st century Panglong, ethnic armed organizations and the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee discussed agreements for the political dialogue framework and preparation for the Union Peace Conference.
The tripartite meeting will discuss the political dialogue framework tomorrow in the morning session, said U Hla Maung Shwe, Secretary of the preparation committee for the Union Peace Conference, adding that the preparation for the Union Peace Conference will be discussed in the afternoon session with participation of eight representatives from the non-signatories to the NCA.
The three armed groups in northern Myanmar, namely the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), the Arakan Army (AA) and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), are expected to be invited again by the government to the Union Peace Conference and they have said they are willing to attend, said U Khu U Rae.
Participating in today’s meeting were 18 representatives from the government, 23 representatives from the ethnic armed organizations and 10 from UPDJC.—Ye Khaung Nyunt


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