A roundtable discussion on reviewing the framework for political dialogue with government, Hluttaw and Tatmadaw groups was continued at the National Reconciliation and Peace Center in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
In the discussion, Prof. Christina Murray, an international expert on federalism, shared her experiences of participating in political discussions and answered to questions asked by the attendants.
Pyithu Hluttaw representative Daw Mi Kun Chan of Paung constituency said, “Peace experience of South Africa, Yemen and Kenya were discussed by foreign experts. We discussed on how it could benefit our country.”
As I’m from a government organisation, in the work committee, if each group’s thoughts, weaknesses and group wise requirements were discussed and requirements fulfilled, the work process will speed up. The review is conducted to support this. As we have many ethnic nationals, our federal may not be as same as other federals. Based on this, we’ll have to negotiate our federal. How did they resolve their federal? Which path did they take? But we will have to decide. The way we decide may be the same but the way we work could not be the same, added Daw Mi Kun Chan.
Director-General U Aung Naing Oo from Ministry of Planning and Finance said, “The main aim of the discussion was to take lesson from the peace talk process in South Africa, Kenya and Yemen based on their strength, weaknesses, success and failures.” We obtain suggestion on what we should do based on their experiences. We got to know some matters that we didn’t know. Our country’s situation is not the same as other countries. They concluded that what we are doing here is appropriate to the situation. The discussion will support to a certain extent in reviewing the framework for political dialogue, said U Aung Naing Oo.
The workshop was continued in the afternoon where attendants reviewed the organisation and setup of political dialogue framework, discussed basic principles and reviewed national-level political dialogue matters.
U Zaw Win, a participant in the discussion said framework for political dialogue should be selected from centralization or decentralization methods. Whatever method is used, it is best to strive toward the people’s acceptance. The roundtable discussion was attended by UPDJC secretariat members, joint committee members, work committee members from government, Hluttaw and Tatmadaw group.
The roundtable discussion will be continued today.
Zaw Zin (Photo Aye Than)