Workshop begins to prepare forthcoming peace conference

Nay Yaing and Zeyar Tun

Delegate groups from the government, parliament and military began a preparatory workshop ahead of the third round of the Union Peace Conference also called the 21st Century Panglong Conference at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Nay Pyi Taw on June 19.

 At the three-day workshop that will end on June 21, the delegates will be discussing preparations for five sectors to be discussed at the peace conference.

"Those responsible for respective sectors will hold their discussions. On the final day of the workshop, all discussions will be collected. Next week, we will meet with political parties and EAOs (ethnic armed organisations). We want to hold the conference as soon as possible. It could be held in July after coordination has been made between the dates proposed by the EAOs and the government," said Hla Maung Shwe, member of the Peace Commission.

Peace Commission secretary Khin Zaw Oo said the third round of the peace conference would produce fruitful outcome if discussion could focus on federalism in economic, social and farmland sectors.

More than 100 representatives from the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee, the government, the parliament, the military and ethnic groups are attending the workshop.