Shan State National Level Political Dialogue begins

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Representatives from political parties and organizatins in Shan State are seen at the Shan State National Level Political Dialogue. Photo: IPRD

Shan State held a state-level political dialogue in Taunggyi yesterday, a meeting described as a milestone and a significant step taken by the people toward peace in the Union.
The three-day Shan State National Level Political Dialogue started with opening remarks by Shan State Chief Minister Dr Lin Htut.
According to the Shan State Chief Minister, representatives from the self-administered regions and zones submitted a total of 70 papers – 26 political papers, 23 papers on the economy and 21 papers on land issues, natural resources and environmental conservation. Some of these papers were read on the first day of the dialogue.
In his opening address, Dr Lin Htut noted the success of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong, which was held in Nay Pyi Taw from 31st August to 3rd September 2016, adding that the success of the conference could build trust among the stakeholders even though they have diverse opinions.
The Shan State National Level Dialogue Management Committee will combine all the papers according to set frameworks and rules into three draft papers – a political paper, a paper on the economy, and a paper on land issues, natural resources and environmental conservation. The papers will be written with the help of subject experts from various universities and the draft papers will be read on the final day of the dialogue.
Following the Shan State Chief Minister’s opening address, Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor U Kyaw Tint Swe expressed his delight for holding the political dialogue, calling the meeting a milestone of the state and a step taken by the people in the State towards peace in the Union.
In addition to U Kyaw Tint Swe, the meeting was attended by the Chairman of the Peace Commission Dr. Tin Myo Win, Shan State Chief Minister Dr. Lin Htut, Peace Commission members, the Shan State Hluttaw Speaker and Deputy Speaker, Shan State government Ministers, Shan State National Level Political Dialogue Management Committee members, Hluttaw representatives, members of political parties, representatives of ethnic nationals, members of NCA signatory groups Pa-O National Liberation Organization (PNLO) and Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), state level officials, civil society organizations, literature and cultural groups, State Hluttaw affairs committee members, State Hluttaw representatives and members of the public numbering more than 400.
Earlier in the day, an opening ceremony was held in front of the town hall with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a release of peace doves by Union Minister U Kyaw Tint Swe, Chairman of the Peace Commission Dr. Tin Myo Win, Shan State Chief Minister Dr. Lin Htut, Palaung Self-Administered Zone Leading Committee Chairman U Win Kyaw @ U Aik Mann and Pyithu Hluttaw representative Dr. Daw Than Ngwe.
Afterwards, speeches were given by Shan State Chief Minister, Union Minister U Kyaw Tint Swe, Dr. Tin Myo Win, Wa Self-Administered Division Leading Committee Member U Yan Kyaw, Palaung Self-Administered Zone Leading Committee Chairman U Win Kyaw @ U Aik Mann, Kokang Self-Administered Zone Leading Committee Chairman U Kyauk Htel Chan, Pa-O Self-Administered Zone Leading Committee Chairman U Khun San Lwin, Danu Self-Administered Zone Leading Committee Chairman U Arkar Lin. Later, a commemorative group photo was taken.—Shan State Information and Public Relations Department

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