Third round of Panglong Conference scheduled when NCA signatories held political talks

NAYPYITAW- Third round of 21st Century Panglong Conference can be held after holding of National Level Political talks being organised by New Mon State Party (NMSP) and Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), says Zaw Htay, Director General of State Counsellor’s Office.
He said this at a press conference concerning the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) Signing Ceremony between NMSP and Lahu Democratic Union (LDU) held in Myanmar International Convention Center (MICC)-2 in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
The Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM) planned the third round of 21st Century Panglong Conference was scheduled for the last week of 2017, but there was no agreement on the RCSS’s national-level political talks. The Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) then announced that the conference would be held after satisfying the national level political talks, according to Zaw Htay.
“The NMSP is one of the NCA signatories. When the Mon leaders met with the State Counsellor, they requested that she give enough time for the holding of national-level political talks of the NMSP aiming for participating in the Panglong Conference. We agreed their request.
“So, we will be holding the NMSP’s national level political talk where political research papers must be carried out. Meanwhile, we are going to strive to hold the RCSS’s national political talks. And then, we will be holding the third round of the Panglong conference,” said Zaw Htay.
“Mon national-level political talks will depend on the NMSP. Currently, they are going to explain about the NCA signing and their comments to the Mon nationals. And then, we must support them to hold the first time of event. The NMSP must be allowed a little time. Depending on that, the national level political talks will emerge,” said Khin Zaw Oo from Secretary of Peace Commission.
The Union Peace Dialogue Committee will be holding a meeting soon to discuss the NCA signing by the NMSP and LDU, and holding of Mon national-level political talks.