UPDJC holds discussion for security sector

The political parties’ group included in the Union Peace and Development Joint Committee conducted a workshop to discuss the security sector yesterday in Yangon.
At the workshop, the secretary of the political parties’ group of UPDJC Sai Kyaw Nyunt (Shan Democratic Party) urged the representatives from the 22 political Parties in attendance to discuss how the security sector in our country should move forward.
“Policies and considerations cultivated in this discussion can be presented in discussions with the working committee, UPDJC and Pyidaungsu Peace Conference. With respect to the security sector, political parties have not made much progress in discussions.
We will need to hold more discussion meetings like these,” he said.
In yesterday’s meeting, retired Brig-Ben Gordon Hughes of the British Army led the discussion on setting and transitions of security in the national context, improving and developing the security sector, basic facts and policies, reviewing the transition process of North Africa’s defense sector, and discussions on developing a security sector that covers all areas.
U Htun Htun Hein (National League for Democracy), a member of the UPDJC,  said, “Security is the most important sector concerning peace efforts. It is also the most difficult to come to a mutual agreement. Politics and Security are not the same.
Politics is just politics, but security is a sector to itself.
We as politicians are somewhat versed in politics but we lack expertise in the security sector. That experts on this sector have come to share and discuss with us is of great support and nurtures new ideas for us.”
The meeting and discussion is organised by the HD Centre and will be held from February 27 to March 1 and includes representatives from UPDJC’s 22 political parties that won in the 2015 elections.
The Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong 2nd meeting is slated to be held this March and will include dialogues on politics, security, sociality, business and commerce, landownership, and natural resources. It is also hoped to include policies discussed from national political levels.— Myanmar News Agency

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