MYANMAR: PANGLONG PEACE CONFERENCE ADOPTS MORE BASIC PRINCIPLES AS ARMED GROUPS SEEKS PEACE WITH GOVERNMENT

YANGON, Myanmar’s Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) has passed 14 more basic principles as the second part of a union accord for peace, the UPDJC secretariat said.

Of basic principles, four are in connection with political, one to economic, seven to social and two to land and environmental issues.

Basic principles of equality and non-secession from the union will be reviewed as a topic for the next conference, the secretariat said.

The ongoing Panglong Peace Conference, which kicked off in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday, focuses on the remaining points related to political, economic, social, security, and land and natural environment sectors, submitted by the UPDJC, for adoption to be included in a union agreement for peace.

The new principles adopted in the current third session will be added to the 37 basic principles agreed in the second session of the conference in May 2017, totalling 51 agreed points in the Union Accord.

The third meeting of Myanmar’s 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference, aimed to unite with all ethnic nationalities and build a democratic federal union through dialogue.

The conference gathered representatives of the government, the parliament, the military, invited political parties, ethnic armed organizations and civil society.

Ten ethnic armed groups, which have signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA), and seven other non-signatory groups of the Northern Alliance attended the six-day meeting.

Meanwhile, seven armed groups have vowed to continue peace meetings with the government, saying that they will discuss the message delivered by Myanmar authorities at the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference in Nay Pyi Taw, official media reported Sunday.

The Northern Alliance includes Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), the United Wa State Army (UWSA), Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP), Mongla’s National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), Kokang’s Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Ta,ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and Arakan Army (AA).

They did not sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) in 2015, which have been inked by 10 armed groups.

Vice Chairman of the KIO Gun Maw promised that the armed groups will try to come back again to continue the peace process.

On the sidelines of the conference, representatives of the armed groups met separately with Peace Commission Chairman Tin Myo Win, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing.

A representative of the UWSA said their official meetings with the government leadership represented a significant step forward in the peace process.

U Zaw Htay, who is director-general of the State Counselor’s Office and also secretary of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC), said the government will deal with the AA, MNDAA and TNLA in a format different from the discussions with KIO, UWSA, NDAA and SSPP.

The ongoing Panglong conference is focusing on remaining points related to political, economic, social, security, and land and natural environment sectors, submitted by the UPDJC, for adoption to be included in a union agreement for peace.

Source: NAM News Network