UPDJC reaches agreements on most issues except secession

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Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) holds its 11th meeting in Nay Pyi Taw.  Photo: Myanmar News Agency

The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) yesterday reached agreement on 33 points out of 41 and will discuss a non-secession deadlock during a future meeting.
The achievements came at the committee’s 11th meeting Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, with an opening address by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of the UPDJC, agreeing  33 points.
The peace negotiators from the government, the Hluttaw, the Tatmadaw, ethnic armed organizations and political parties discussed 41 points, including 21 points dealing with political issues. The participants agreed on 33 points, 12 in the political sector, 11 in the economic sector, four in the social sector and six in the land and environmental sector. The agreements will be signed as a part of the Union Agreement on the last day session of the conference.
UPDJC members consisting of 16 representatives from the government, Hluttaw and Tatmadaw, 16 from ethnic armed organizations, and 15 from political parties were present at the meeting.
In his opening remarks, the UPDJC Vice Chairman Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win highlighted the importance of a successful political dialogue to achieve peace in the country. The compilations and discussions were thoroughly discussed in the UPDJC and implemented, he said.
Discussions on political sector, economic sector, social sector, land and environmental sector, security sector and final day programmes for the Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong (Second Session) were made in the meeting.
The issue of non-secession was much discussed at the meeting, but ended without agreement on it.
“There will be less satisfactory result than people are expecting” said U Zaw Htay, spokesman for the President’s office, told reporters following the meeting.
“We did not get agreement on the matter of seceding,” he added. “Without the  commitment of the ethnic organizations for non-secession from the Union, we cannot move forward for discussing related issues such as constitution of respective states, equality and self-determination,” he said, “so, we agreed to discuss that  issues later,”
In the past, federalism has been as secession, but now, after much research and study, it is not considered as secession but unity, he said at the press conference.
“The people, the Government and the Tatmadaw had their worries and concerns about disintegration of the union. That was why non-secession is included in order to remove these worries and concerns,” he added.
According to participants of the meeting, several representatives pleaded earnestly for non-secession, but armed ethnic organizations could not agree to it, officials said.
The Government and the Tatmadaw specifically discussed the secession matter at length  yesterday, and the Government, hluttaw and Tatmadaw are in total agreement on the stance of non-secession.
UPDJC secretariat member Sai Kyaw Nyunt said all economic sector proposals were discussed thoroughly in yesterday’s UPDJC meeting and were able to confirm the proposals. —Myanmar News Agency

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