The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) held its 16th meeting at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
The meeting was attended by UPDJC Vice-Chairmen Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor U Kyaw Tint Swe, Dr. Tin Myo Win, Dr. Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong, and U Thu Wai; UPDJC members consisting of members from the government, the Hluttaw, Tatmadaw groups, ethnic armed organisations (EAOs), representatives from political parties, and officials.
Union Minister U Kyaw Tint Swe
UPDJC Vice-Chairman U Kyaw Tint Swe addressed the meeting and said that the meeting is important for the future of the nation’s reconciliation and peace process, as it will discuss which basic policies and points will be submitted at the upcoming peace conference.
He said papers submitted in accordance with the UPDJC’s set framework for political discussions, guidelines and regulations were approved at the previous 15th UPDJC meeting. The present meeting is also important, as it will discuss the submitted points from the working committee meetings, which would then be submitted to the peace conference, said the Vice-Chairman.
The Vice-Chairman said UPDJC leaders are given the responsibility of ensuring the Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong is conducted smoothly and yields substantial results. He added that there have been debates, disagreements and agreements during the political dialogues, which have culminated into a moment for building understanding and rapport.
The Vice-Chairman said everyone has treaded together on the path of the UPDJC, with mutual understanding and sympathy, so that the political dialogue will be successful and the nation will be closer to achieving the peace every citizen in the country wishes for.
He said there have been previous attempts to achieve union peace but none of those political dialogues had the framework or guidelines for systematic meetings that the UPDJC has. He added that UPDJC leaders have set firm guidelines for political dialogues to take place with little difficulty. The Vice-Chairman said the most important part of the political dialogue is setting the basic democratic and federal principles, which will serve as the foundation for a democratic federal union. This task and goal is the UPDJC’s objective as well, he said.
It doesn’t matter what diverse group we come from because we are operating as one under the UPDJC, and it will be remembered as a milestone in history as something we all worked on together.
The Vice-Chairman pointed out that the instigators behind the armed conflicts within the nation are not the people sitting at the meeting. He said it is important we do not carry over the animosity from these conflicts, as we are working to root out the underlying political issues that are the cause for these conflicts. Blaming and pointing fingers will not resolve conflicts.
The Vice-Chairman said internal armed conflicts are still ongoing in the country and we are working to quell them. The UPDJC is not for creating additional problems but for resolving existing ones. He said reliving the past makes it impossible to break free from its grasp and requested everyone to take the past as a lesson and to look forward to the future when they enter the UPDJC meeting hall.
He said it is important to have a political mindset that truly wishes for peace. He said the democratic federal union will not be the same with every vision of every group but will be composed of similar elements taken from these visions.
He said it is important for every respective leader to put forth several suggestions over basic principles, With this in mind, everyone needs to know when to compromise and show restraint during the political dialogue, he added.
Dr. Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong
Afterwards, Dr. Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong, Vice-Chairman of the UPDJC, called on all members of the committee to work hard to complete scrutinizing suggestions and proposals submitted by the work committees, as today’s meeting is in preparation for the third session of the Union Peace Conference — 21st Century Panglong.
“We need to work hard to scrutinize the proposals to make them the best and to reach agreements, as far as possible, over the proposals before submitting them to the third session of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong,” said Dr. Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong.
“Let’s take the approach of working together to find a solution to the country’s problem and let’s discuss with patience and find answers to peace,” he said.
U Thu Wai
U Thu Wai, Vice-Chairman of the UPDJC, also expressed his delight over the formation of the UPDJC, which comprises representatives of the government, the Tatmadaw, the Hluttaw, signatories to the NCA and political parties, to work together to achieve peace in the country.
With patience, tolerance, understanding and farsightedness, the UPDJC needs to overcome challenges when it works towards peace and national reconciliation, he added.
“Only when UPDJC shows such kind of achievement, will the country’s people gain confidence over peace and participate in the peace process,” said U Thu Wai.
As UPDJC is making all-out efforts to achieve peace, UPDJC would make its own history when the country achieves peace, he added.
The meeting discussed a wide range of issues over the political, economic, social, land and environmental conservation and security sectors.—Myanmar News Agency