October 20, 2016

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UNFC likely to sign NCA sooner ot later

The framework review meeting on political dialogue in Yangon on 20th October, 2016. Photo: Pho Htaung
The framework review meeting on political dialogue in Yangon on 20th October, 2016. Photo: Pho Htaung

The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) is likely to participate in the national-level political dialogues, according to Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee Secretary U Hla Maung Shwe.
“We are negotiating with the DPN (Delegation for Political Negotiations) on 7 or 8 November. The Peace Commission of the government is also negotiating with them on 9 or 10 October. As both sides have paved the way to continue the peace process, the UNFC is likely to participate in the process,” U Hla Maung Shwe said.
The UNFC is a coalition of 11 opposition groups that campaign for the rights of various different ethnic minorities (some of which are armed insurgent groups.
Efforts are being speeded up to pave the way for non-signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) to sign the agreement as only signatories to the NCA are allowed to participate in the national-level political dialogues, according to the Secretary of UPDJC Dr Salai Hlyan Hmone Sar Khaung, a representative of the ethnic armed groups.
“Under the provisions 21 and 22, it is necessary for participants to be signatories to the NCA. Political dialogues are based on the NCA. Negotiations the DPN, which represents the UNFC, are underway so that they can sign the NCA,” he said.
Dr Salai Hlyan Hmone Sar Khaung made the statement on the third day of the fourth framework review meeting for national-level political dialogues held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon.
“Representatives of the DPN submitted their talking points and they said that they are trying their utmost to participate in the process. They requested us to understand their situation. I think the negotiation will conclude tomorrow”, Dr Salai Hlan Mhon Zarkhon said.
He also added that it is necessary for the UPDJC to approve the outcome of the framework review meeting.
National-level political dialogues are scheduled to start in November and terms of reference for them have been drawn.
Yesterday’s meeting was attended by 14 representatives of the government, 17 representatives of the ethnic armed groups and 14 representatives of political parties.

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