The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) Secretariat meeting was held at the national reconciliation and peace centre in Wunna Theikdi Quarter in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
The meeting discussed sector wise papers, political, economic, social, security, land and environment sectors, matters of the conference chair, setup of sector and group wise meetings in the conference, agreement of the third session of the Union Peace Conference — 21st Century Panglong, the 16th UPDJC agenda and assigning of persons to submit the UPDJC agenda. Commenting on the meeting, Director General U Zaw Htay said one political point was agreed upon for the conference. The remaining six points came up as options and could not be decided in the secretariat, as the UPDJC meeting will make the decision.
Present at the meeting were UPDJC Secretariat members Lt-Gen (retired) Khin Zaw Oo, U Aung Soe, Maj-Gen Soe Naing Oo, U Zaw Htay, U Hla Maung Shwe, Pado Saw Tar Doh Hmu, U Myo Win, U Sai Ngin, Saw Mra Yazar Lin, U Myint Soe, U Naing Ngan Lin, Sai Kyaw Nyunt and Min Kyaw Zeyar Oo.
It was the same in economic matters, as there are many options, and only one was agreed upon. Those will be decided in the UPDJC. Some agreements were reached in land concerns, but here, too, there are some options. For the peace conference, the main decisions will be presented before the UPDJC on Monday, and again on the fifth day of the conference. After this, participants will continue towards signing two parts of the union agreement.
Similarly, Sai Kyaw Nyunt said that in the policy proposals, there are seven in political, 11 in economic, nine in social, and five in land and environment. Security is still under discussion and has not reached the policy proposal stage. Of these proposals, some were agreed by all groups, while some remained options of Tatmadaw, ethnic armed groups and political parties. As per the guidelines of the work committee, it is not for the work committee to make the final decision. Differing points will be submitted to UPDJC, where approval will be obtained. In the UPDJC meeting on the 9th, the security sector will submit their works, while the remaining four sectors will submit their proposals.
In the same way, U Min Kyaw Zeyar Oo said all agreed on drawing up economic projects that will benefit the states. If the UPDJC approves, policies will be drawn up for the states under the Principle. Everyone agreed to draw up and have the right to draw up economic projects that benefit the people.—Myo Myint (MNA)