UPDJC’s work committees continue meetings for Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong

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Members of the Security Sector Work Committee discussing the security sector in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.  Photo: Myanmar News Agency

Work committees of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee continued their meetings at Myanmar International Convention Centre II in Nay Pyi Taw to prepare for the third session of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong.
The work committees discussed a wide range of issues related to the political, economic, social, and farmlands environmental sectors, as well as security.
“At least 10 points are expected to be discussed for consensus in the social sector,” said Daw Zin Mar Aung, who is participating in the Social Sector Work Committee.
The Social Sector Work Committee mainly discussed equal rights for men and women, youth affairs and drug abuse problems, the culture and literature of ethnic minorities, points discussed during the national-level dialogues, the remaining points of the previous session of the peace conference, papers from the CSO Forum and all Mon State national-level political dialogues, and sought a consensus.
The committee also reached an agreement on the role of women yesterday, according to Daw Zin Mar Aung.
In the farmlands sector, the participants discussed the issues over which an agreement had not been reached yet at the previous session of the Union Peace Conference, said Khun Myint Tun.
The Farmlands and Environmental Work Committee also discussed papers related to the farmland and land resource utilisation policy from Mon national-level political dialogue, and from the Arakan Liberation Party. Besides this, papers from Kayin national-level political dialogue and the Chin National Front were submitted and read during the first day meeting of the committee on Tuesday.
One paper reviewed the works of the government and another paper is related to farmland and submitted by the government, the Hluttaw and the Tatmadaw.
The group of signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement also submitted a paper to the committee during the first-day meeting of the committee.
The meetings were attended by members of the Secretariat of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee Lt-Gen (Ret) U Khin Zaw Oo, U Aung Soe, Maj-Gen Soe Naing Oo, U Zaw Htay, U Hla Maung Shwe, Pado Saw Tar Do Hmu, U Myo Win, U Sai Ngin, Saw Mra Yazar Lin, Khun Myint Tun, U Myint Soe, U Naing Ngan Lin, Sai Kyaw Nyunt, Min Kyaw Zeyar Oo and Tar Hla Pe, members of the joint committee, representatives of the government, the Hluttaw and the Tatmadaw, representatives of ethnic organisations and peace-makers.
The meetings will continue today.


Myo Myint, Myo Thu Hein (Myanmar News Agency)

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