13th UPDJC meeting held

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The meeting of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee being held in Nay Pyi Taw on 24 November 2017. Photo: MNA

The 13th Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) meeting was held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
At the meeting, Union Minister U Kyaw Tint Swe, Vice-Chairman of UPDJC said, “At the previous UPDJC meeting, the State Counsellor gave guidance to perform the tasks of preparation for result of the framework of political dialogues based on the experiences encountered in the previous conference, preparation for ToR (term of reference) and SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) compilation. With the guidance and under decision of UPDJC Meeting Framework, formation of ToR SOP, each with eight members the working committee was assigned. Working committees’ meetings were held from November 17 to 20 November. Then it was discussed in the UPDJC Secretariat meeting, and thence in the present UPDJC meeting.”
“Starting from the time Myanmar gained its Independence, efforts were made throughout the reigns of successive governments for cessation of armed conflicts. Looking back on these, no one could manage to reach the level of holding political dialogues. Now, as known by all, not only political dialogues were held but also agreements had been achieved. For the success of political conference it is of great importance for frameworks on political negotiation to be clear, easy and convenient in carrying out practically. Framework on political dialogues was drawn up in 2015, after signing National Ceasefire Agreement. At the time of the incumbent government and at the time when State Counsellor led UPDJC, the framework was amended to be in harmony with the 21st Century Panglong Conference Road, especially the part concerned with convening the conference,” added the Union Minister U Kyaw Tint Swe.
Afterward, the Vice-Chairman of the UPDJC went on saying, “Those who did not yet sign NCA were invited to take part in the process of reassessing the framework and discussions were made concerning the frameworks. The doors were opened for those who did not take part in the preparation of the framework to be able to take part and to discuss in Review Process. For this final discussion was not made for those who could not take part yet to join the present process. At today’s meeting submissions to be presented by the working committees must be approved after collective discussions. We firmly believe that all will make concerted efforts for success of political dialogues at different levels including Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong for the Union Peace. We deeply urge all our UPDJC leaders to continually make efforts for cessation of armed conflicts and for the emergence of peaceful federal democratic Union.”
In addition, Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win, Vice-Chairman of UPDJC said, “UPDJC is mostly responsible in holding political dialogues for emergence of Union Peace in the country. Arrangements will be carried out for smoothness of political dialogues. UPDJC is the joint committee for the Union Peace and Political Dialogues. 13th UPDJC Meeting is important. After decisions had been made concerning the facts presented and performed by the UPDJC Secretariat, measures are to be made for implementation of political dialogues and peace.”
U Thu Wai, Vice-President of UPDJC said, “Under the leadership of the Union Government efforts are being made for achievement of the national peace. UPDJC as well is performing the task of gaining peace together with political parties. If and when mutual understanding develops in us, any kind of work can be implemented. If we have mutual understanding, we will have trust. If we have trust we will have unity. If we have unity we will have success. If we negotiate by grasping understanding, we will reach our destination.”
Afterward, UPDJC Vice-Chairmen Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win, U Thu Wai, UPDJC member Union Minister U Thein Swe made closing addresses respectively and the meeting came to a close.
Present at the meeting were UPDJC Vice-Chairmen Union Minister U Kyaw Tint Swe, Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win, U Thu Wai, UPDJC members—Union Ministers U Thant Sin Maung, U Thein Swe, Dr Win Myat Aye, Nai Thet Lwin, Lt General Min Naung, Dr Tin Myo Win, Union Attorney General U Tun Tun Oo, Major San Myint, Brigadier Sein Tun Hla, U Khin Zaw U, U Aung Soe, U Hla Maung Shwe, U Zaw Htay, Dr Lyan Hmon Sar Khoung, U Khun Okkar, U Myo Win, U Sai Ngin, Saw Mya Yar Zar Lin,Salai Htalar Hey, Pado Saw Tar Do Hmu, Saw Kyaw Nyunt, Saw Sein Win, Pado Mahn Nyein Maung, Daw Mi Hsu Pwint, Dr Sai Oo, Saw Smith Don, U Khaing Lin Khaing, U Myint Soe, Sai Kyaw Nyunt, U Naing Ngan Lin, , Min Kyaw Zayar Oo, U Tar Hla Pe, U Tun Tun Hein, Dr Aye Maung, Saw Tun Aung Myint, U Thein Tun, Dr Min Nwe Soe, Dr Aung Myat Oo, Khun Htun Shwe, U Shwe Min, U Zam Za Mon and responsible officials.
After the meeting press conference concerning the 13th UPDJC meeting was held, and the Ministry of the Office of the State Counsellor Director-General U Zaw Htay , and Yebaw Myo Win of armed national ethnic group replied to the questions raised by media men.—Myanmar News Agency

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