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September 20, 2019

Third Session of Union Peace Conference — 21st Century Panglong successfully concludes

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, third from left, attends the closing ceremony of the Third Session of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, third from left, attends the closing ceremony of the Third Session of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNAState Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, third from left, attends the closing ceremony of the Third Session of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

The sixth and final day of the Third Session of the Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong was held at Myanmar International Convention Centre-II in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
The Chairperson of the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC), State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, delivered a speech in which she expressed her gratitude. (Full text of her speech is covered on Page 1 and 3.)
Attending the ceremony were vice-chairs, members and secretaries of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC), Government group, Hluttaw group, Tatmadaw group, ethnic armed organisations (EAOs), leaders and members of political parties, groups relevant to the peace conference, observers, invited guests and other officials.
The peace conference panel was led by Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win, with panel members Lt-Gen Tin Maung Win, U Kyaw Tint Swe, Daw Ni Shwe Lian and U Myint Soe. Also, Panel Chair Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win delivered the opening speech. (Full text of his speech is covered on Page 2.)
The peace conference commenced with the reading and submissions of basic principles concerning the political sector by Tatmadaw Group representative Lt-Gen Khin Zaw Oo (retd), the economic sector by Government Group representative U Hla Maung Shwe, the social sector by Political Parties Group representative U Naing Ngan Lin, and the land and environment sector by EAO Group representative Khun Myint Tun.

This was followed by approvals and discussions on the 14-points by Government Group representative U Kyaw Kyaw Han, Hluttaw Group representative U Min Oo, Tatmadaw Group representative Maj-Gen Soe Naing Oo, EAO Group representative Naing Aung Ma Ngay and Political Parties Group representative Saw Tun Aung Myint.
Panel Chair Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win then announced the four points of the political sector, one in the economic sector, seven in the social sector, and two in the land and environment sector, which have been approved.
Additionally, UPDJC secretarait member U Myo Win read the UPDJC’s reports to the conference, requesting they be put on record, and the panel chair announced the reports were placed on record.
The 14-points approved at the Third Session of the Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong were then signed, as the second part of the Union Accord, by Dr. Tin Myo Win from the Government Group, U Aung Soe of the Hluttaw Group, Maj-Gen San Myint of the Tatmadaw Group, Dr. Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong of the EAO Group, and U Thu Wai of the Political Parties Group.
Signing as witnesses to the second part of the Union Accord were U Htone Phoo Dagon, ethnic representative of the Government Group, Nan Say Awa, ethnic representative of the EAO Group, Tar Myint Kyaw, ethnic representative of the Political Parties Group, U Kyaw Win, relevant representative of the Government Group, U Hla Kyaw Aung, relevant representative of the EAO Group, and Nan Kham Ohn, relevant representative of the Political Parties Group.

Attendees seen at the closing of the Third Session of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
Attendees seen at the closing of the Third Session of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

The panel chair then read the Declaration of the Third Session of the UPC – 21st Century Panglong to the assembly.
Afterwards, NRPC Chairperson State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivered her speech of gratitude.
This was followed by member of the panel of chairmen Lt-Gen Tin Maung Win delivering the closing speech.(Full text of his speech is covered on page 2)
The Third Session of the Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong then officially ended.
The Third Session of the UPC – 21st Century Panglong signed 14-points as part of the Union Accord, the previous Second Session of the UPC – 21st Century Panglong signed 37-points, resulting in the Union Accord now containing 51-points.—Myanmar News Agency

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