Peace process orientation course begins

Peace Process Orientation course 1/2017 kicked off at the National Reconciliation and Peace Center in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
The three-day course is being attended by supervision committee members from places that are initially to hold national-level political dialogues, designated supervision committee members from States which have not yet prepared to hold national-level political dialogues, government representatives at the Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong and executive members of government’s group.
The Orientation Course was arranged to clarify how to perform the very basics of the present peace process — the National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), the framework of the political dialogues, instructions on national-level political dialogues, and how to carry out negotiations during the conference, said Union Minister U  Kyaw Tint Swe, in his capacity as the Vice-Chairman of the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre.
Political negotiations have been categorised into five sectors — political, economic, social, security and land/natural environment sectors. Trainees should be well-versed in how to negotiate in sectors, how to make decisions and how to resolve a deadlock in negotiations.
Persons who have previously taken part in the peace process were selected as tutors after completing  the course, he added.
He also said that the Union  Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong comes as ethnic armed groups have demanded time to solve political issues through political means in order to end the nearly 70-year-old civil armed conflicts in the country.
“The unique solution to cease age-old armed conflicts is Federalism, which will suit Myanmar and be able to be effectively implemented. It has been accepted by all. Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong is the only political round-table to negotiate Federalism,” said the Union minister.
In today’s meeting, Lt-Gen Ye Aung, Union Minister, discussed the emergence of the NCA step by step, with the Joint Monitoring Committee and its responsibilities discussed by Col Wunna Aung, secretary of JMC, the framework of political dialogues by U Hla Maung Shwe, member of the JMC, and Federalism by Sayar U Kyaw Win.
Peace Process Orientation Course 1/2017 will be conducted for 3 days from January 19 to January 21. On January 20 & 21, situations of peace process and organisation, working instructions for political dialogues, national-level negotiations and working instructions are matters that will be discussed.—Myanmar News Agency

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