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February 19, 2019

Union Peace Conference- 21st Century Panglong to be held from 11 to 16 July

The 15th Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) meeting being held at NRPC) in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

The third session of the Union Peace Conference–21st Century Panglong will be held from 11 to 16 July and its working committee meetings will be held from 4 to 6 July at the Myanmar International Convention Centre (MICC) in Nay Pyi Taw.
The decision came at the 15th Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) meeting held at the NRPC in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
“We all know that UPDJC plays a leading role to find a solution politically. Thus it is important to set up the fundamental principles of federalism by holding political discussions”, said Dr. Tin Myo Win, Vice-Chairman of the UPDJC.
The second UPDJC was held in May 2017, and the third in July 2018.
“The UPDJC meeting was delayed due to various reasons. But we had managed to hold three political dialogue meetings, and four security dialogue meetings between the Government and EAOs (ethnic armed organisations), with the aim of building trust among us. It’s found that there are many challenges and difficulties needed to overcome.
It is needed to exchange our views and discuss the matters openly in the next meeting,” he said.
Dr. Tin Myo Win also urged the participants of the meeting to strive for achieving ways for building federalism through negotiation.
He also urged the peace makers to bring the outcome of principles and proposals which can lead to signing the union agreement (Part Two) after the meeting.
Our State Counsellor has said that we are striving to lay the foundation of federalism in the coming 21st Century Panglong Conference. In conclusion, I would like to wish all the members of the UPDJC who attended the meeting to cooperate with one another to gain sustainable peace with confidence and mutual-understanding”, Dr. Tin Myo Win said.
Following remarks by UPDJC Vice-Chairman Dr. Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong, UPDJC Vice-Chairman U Thu Wai said, “We can foster peace with confidence. Without it there is no way to gain peace and it will take time to restore peace. We ourselves have to make an effort to get it in reality.
“In doing so, we are in need of many experts to implement the peace process. Only those who excel in five branches of studies can accomplish these tasks. All the members of the UPDJC meeting have carried out to set the date of 21st Century Panglong Conference, to approve the papers submitted to UPDJC, to present the taskforce of political, economic, social, security, farmlands and environmental sectors, to make approval of titles which will be discussed in the working committees and ToR process”.
Committee members then discussed matters related to approval of minutes, submission of a JMC report, invitations to EAOs that haven’t signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), invitations to observers, the process of the conference, the UPDJC Secretarial meeting, assigning the duties of working committee and other general affairs of the meeting.
Following the closing remarks of the Vice-Chairmen U Thu Wai, Dr. Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong and Dr. Tin Myo Win, themeeting was concluded.



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