August 19, 2016

Wa joins the fold — Peace Commission meets UWSP in Nay Pyi Taw for political dialogue framework

Peace Commission, chaired by Dr Tin Myo Win, meeting members of United Wa State Party in Nay Pyi Taw.
Peace Commission, chaired by Dr Tin Myo Win, meeting members of United Wa State Party in Nay Pyi Taw.

THE Peace Commission, chaired by Dr Tin Myo Win, and the United Wa State Party, led by Deputy Secretary-General U Pao Yu Yi, held a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
The UWSP expressed its satisfaction with the meetings with the State Counsellor and the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. Secretary of the Peace Commission Lt-Gen Khin Zaw Oo (Rtd) said that the ethnic delegation pledged earnest cooperation with the new government in the same way as it had done with the army as well as with the former government.
They vowed to continue to make fraternal efforts with solemn hope to restore peace despite challenges, the former army senior officer added.
At the end of the meeting both sides responded to queries of invitation to a meeting that would review the framework for political dialogue.
“The Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) is more
than a ceasefire agreement. It
has a place for political dialogue. So a framework is essential
as to determining how to
organise the conference, how to set the ratio of representatives and what topics to be discussed,” he said.
The former army senior officer hinted at possible amendment to the initially agreed framework for political dialogue, stressing that the framework allowed for amendment as times change.
The finalisation of the framework for political dialogue will be negotiated with the ethnic armed organisations before the Union Peace Conferecnce — the 21st Century Panglong commences.
According to U Khin Zaw Oo, encouraging the ethnic groups to participate in the peace process will enable them to feel that they are involved.
U Khin Zaw Oo quoted the Wa delegation as saying that they would strive to join the adoption of the framework.
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The Peace Commission is scheduled to meet the Mongla delegation at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon on 2 August.
The Union Peace Conference — 21st Century Panglong is expected to take place at the end of August, with preparatory measures under way to ensure that the event sees the participation of as many ethnic groups as possible.


Kyaw Thu Htet


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