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August 12, 2020

Peace negotiators continue discussions on work plans for Union Peace Conference in August

Peace negotiators discuss fourth session of Union Peace Conference scheduled for second week of August after the sixth coordination meeting in last week of July. PHOTO: PHOE HTAUNG
Peace negotiators discuss fourth session of Union Peace Conference scheduled for second week of August after the sixth coordination meeting in last week of July. PHOTO: PHOE HTAUNG

Representatives of the government and NCA-S EAOs continued discussions on the work plans for holding the fourth session of Union Peace Conference 21st Century Panglong scheduled for second week of August.
The second day of fifth coordination meeting was held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) on Shweli Road in Yangon yesterday.
Present on the government’s side at the meeting were the NRPC Vice-Chairman and Attorney-General of the Union U Tun Tun Oo, Lt-Gen Yar Pyae of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army), Lt-Gen Min Naung and Lt-Gen Tin Maung Win, Secretary of Peace Commission retired Lt-Gen Khin Zaw Oo, Pyithu Hluttaw MP U Pyone Cho (a) U Htay Win Aung, members of the Peace Commission Advisory Board U Hla Maung Shwe, U Moe Zaw Oo and Director-General of the Office of the State Counsellor U Zaw Htay.
The NCA-S EAOs were represented by the coordination of NCA implementation framework negotiation committee leader Pado Sao Sai Ngin, coordinator U Myo Win, and members of negotiation team U Hla Htay, Saw Mya Yar Zar Lin, Dr Salai Lian Hmon Sakhong, Salai Htarlar Hay, Saw Sein Win, Pado Saw Tar Do Hmu, Pado Saw L Klu Sae, Kya Salmon, Saw Kyaw Nyunt, Nai Aung Ma Ngae, Dr Sai Oo and Khun Myint Tun, and other representatives on videoconference.

The participants continued to discuss the NCA framework agreement to implement decisions at the 8th Joint Implementing Coordination Meeting (JICM), phase-by-phase peace process beyond 2020, fundamental agreements and schedules for 4th session of Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong.
In his concluding remark on the meeting, the negotiation committee leader, Pado Sao Sai Ngin, said that the meeting reached some agreements on the remaining issues in the part 3 of Union Accord , and made plans for the upcoming peace conference under the guidelines of COVID-19 prevention measures.
They also agreed on formation of a team to draw a draft accord in developing a format for the part 3 of Union Accord. Results from meeting will also be presented to political group of Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee.

Representatives of governmment and NCA-S EAOs hold meeting with members of UPDJC in political group on 4 July afternoon. Photo: Ye Gaung Nyunt
Representatives of governmment and NCA-S EAOs hold meeting with members of UPDJC in political group on 4 July afternoon. Photo: Ye Gaung Nyunt

The 6th coordination meeting was also scheduled in the last week of July.
Attorney-General of the Union U Tun Tun Oo remarked the meeting reached more agreements than the previous ones and the remaining issues will be discussed in the next meetings.
Peace Commission Advisory Board member U Hla Maung Shwe said the meeting mainly focussed on holding the next round of Union Peace Conference in the second week of August.
He added they discussed the three topics to be signed at the Union Peace Conference for the parts of Union Accord and the requirements for holding the conference.
The meeting also talked on preparatory meetings for JICM, UPDJC secretary meeting and the conference.
The decisions of meeting were presented to the members of UPDJC and its political group in the afternoon.—Ye Gaung Nyunt(Translated by Aung Khin)

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