The Union Government, the Hluttaw and the Tatmadaw met at Nay Pyi Taw National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in preparation for the third session of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong yesterday morning. The meeting was attended by Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) secretaries U Khin Zaw Oo, U Hla Maung Shwe, U Zaw Htay, U Aung Soe and UPDJC members, representatives from the Government, Hluttaw and the Tamadaw groups, and representatives of ethnic nationals and other groups.
At the meeting, UPDJC secretary U Khin Zaw Oo said the third session of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong was scheduled to be held in the second week of July.
At the second session, there were many matters that had to be combined in each sector. A total of 19 points remained to be discussed in the political work committee. Some points remained in the economic, social and land sectors.
Each work committee also had much to discuss. The New Mon State Party’s national-level political dialogue and the CSO forum will have more points to submit, and once these are combined with the remaining points, it is expected the third session will be quite complete. There are some weaknesses in the titles of the political sector on federalism in the conference.
U Khin Zaw Oo said if the discussion titles in the economic, social and land sectors highlighted the federal policy, the outcome of the third session would be very valuable. In the security sector, points that reflect the federal form are still weak. Emphasis should be made towards discussing titles in the economic, social and land sectors that could create a federal shape, said U Khin Zaw Oo.
Next, UPDJC secretary U Hla Maung Shwe explained about the NCA (Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement) the framework, ToR (Terms of Reference) and SOP (Standard Operationg Procedures) documents. Following this, UPDJC secretary U Zaw Htay explained the agendas, discussion format and the latest situation of the peace process.
Later, sector-wise discussions were held in designated places of the centre, and UPDJC secretaries U Khin Zaw Oo, U Hla Maung Shwe, U Zaw Htay, UPDJC member Brig-Gen Sein Tun Hla, UPDJC secretary U Aung Soe led the political, economic, social, security, land and the environmental sector discussions with representatives of the Government, Hluttaw and the Tatmadaw groups, representatives of ethnic nationals and other representatives.
The meetings will continue until 21 June.