Public lacks participation in on-going peace process

Maung Htoo
The public still lacks participation in an on-going peace move, said Sai Kyaw Nyunt, Secretary of Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC).
The remarks came from the symposium where experts have discussions about “A Federal Democratic Union: Visions and Negotiated Possibilities” organized by Institute for Strategy and Policy-Myanmar held at Café in Town, Yangon on September 2.
“Peace discussions have four steps. The first is national-level political dialogue. The second is work committee meeting. The third is UPDJC meeting. The fourth is Union Peace Conference also known as the 21st Century Panglong Conference. The public participation is not seen at the work committees of these four steps. Only winning political parties are allowed to take part in. 
“If an EAO signs the NCA, it is allowed to participate in these four steps. The participation of conference delegates is still limited. Public participation is seen only in the national-level political dialogue. The national-level political dialogue is also limited. Therefore, the public lacks participation in all steps,” said Sai Kyaw Nyunt.
Peace move has three steps. The leaders of different groups should try to see common principles. Secondly, the second leaders of different groups should draft policies depending on these common principles, said Sai Kyaw Nyunt.
The third-phase is the public participation. The policies should seek suggestions from the people. If three phases go on in unity, our peace process will meet with success, said Sai Kyaw Nyunt.
Translated and Edited by Win Htut