August 19, 2016

UPDJC discusses framework draft at third meeting

Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee meeting convened in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee meeting convened in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

THE Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee held its 3rd meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday to discuss the the political dialogue framework drafted by the Framework for Political Dialogue Drafting Committee.
In his opening remarks, U Aung Min, vice chairman of the UPDJC and a representative of the Union government, expressed his delight at the unanimous approval by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, saying the approval by the Union Parliament can be considered a first step toward ensuring the success of political dialogue.
He also said the achievement of designing a draft framework within three days, referring the draft framework for political dialogue that was approved on 3 December, would be helpful for promoting cooperation and coordination among stakeholders in future meetings. It is expected that a consensus on the ratio of representatives to participate in the political dialogue will be reached in upcoming meetings, he added.
Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win, vice chairman of the UPDJC, a representative of the ethnic armed groups and general secretary of the Karen National Union (KNU), acknowledged the unanimous approval of the NCA by members of parliament.
The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee was formed with a total of 48 members—16 each from the government, ethnic armed groups and political parties—to conduct the political dialogue between the government and ethnic armed organisations.
According to the timeline of the ceasefire terms, political dialogue is expected to start before 14 January, as it must begin within 90 days of the signing of the political framework by the joint committee.
The Myanmar government and eight ethnic armed groups agreed at the first committee meeting on 31 October that both sides would meet certain requirements within the 30 days after the signing of the NCA on 15 October.
The two sides were set to draw up a political framework within 60 days of the formal signing of the NCA and start a political dialogue within 90 days.


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