MYANMAR STATE COUNSELOR CALLS FOR ALL INCLUSIVENESS IN PEACE PROCESS

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has called for all inclusiveness in the country’s national reconciliation and peace process, reiterating that the door is always open to non-ceasefire signatory armed groups to join the signing of the Nationwide Cease fire Accord (NCA), China’s Xinhua news agency reported, citing Myanmar News Agency on Tuesday.

Speaking at the 12th meeting of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) in Nay Pyi Taw Monday, Aung San Suu Kyi said that the government places great emphasis on the participation of the non-signatories to the NCA in the process, urging for completing work for laying down the basic principles for a federal union in 2018.

She stressed the need for drawing up Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to be able to implement the agreements effectively and to establish an office for the UNPDC.

She expected that reviewing and amending the framework for political dialogue will be completed in the current UPDJC meeting which will also decide topics to be discussed at the upcoming third meeting of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference expected by later this year before moving to the political dialogue.

Meanwhile, some non-ceasefire signatory armed groups are expected to sign the government’s NCA in November following a breakthrough made at the 7th meeting between the Delegation for Political Negotiation (DPN) of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) and the government’s Peace Commission last week.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK