Saturday, July 22, 2017

NCA groups, govt and military meet over framework reform

A group tasked with preparing for the 21st-century Panglong Conference met in Yangon yesterday to collect ideas for reforming the political dialogue framework.

U Hla Maung Shwe, a peace aide to the government, said the meeting’s focus was to brainstorm improvements for the existing framework.

“There were some proposals, suggestions and official records which we will endorse to be a part of the peace process. Since the signing of the nationwide ceasefire agreement last October 15, we could not deal with those things,” U Hla Maung Shwe said.

He added that a more formal review meeting for the framework will be held at the end of June, or, if non-signatory groups are not ready by then, in early July.

“Amendments are to be made before the 21st-century Panglong Conference is held,” he said.

The government peace negotiators have previously said that they intend to hold the peace conference at the end of July. The government is scheduled to meet with the National Democratic Alliance Army, aka the Mongla, and the United Wa State Army in the coming weeks. U Hla Maung Shwe said the meetings are still being arranged.