Third meeting marking 21st Century Panglong Conference to be held in early May

Kyaw Zin Win

The third meeting to mark the Union Peace Conference also known as the 21st Century Panglong Conference will be held in early May and there might be some ethnic armed organizations that fail to attend it, said Colonel Khun Okkar, Leading Patron of PaO National Liberation Organization (PNLO).

The remarks came from the Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM) that held at NRPC in Nay Pyi Taw on February 28.

“Our main aim is to build federal Union. If so, we are to make amendment to the 2008 Constitution. We must go ahead according to the process,” Colonel Khun Okkar said.

Only when different processes as to political dialogues have been implemented, the Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) formed with eight ethnic NCA signatories want to push ahead with the third meeting of 21st Century Panglong Conference, according to the statement of the PPST.

The Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting was held at NRPC in Nay Pyi Taw on February 28. About half of ethnic NCA signatories sent only representatives on behalf of their leaders to the meeting. The JICM is the one like the summit that State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Vice-Senior General Soe Win Deputy, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services representing the government and leaders of ethnic NCA signatories have to attend.

Colonel Khun Okkar said that the vice chairman of the PNLO on behalf of the leader was sent to the meeting as that day was coincided with the Pa-O National Day.

“From the government side, high ranking officials such as Aung San Suu Kyi and Vice-Senior General Soe Win, Deputy-Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services came to the meeting. From the ethnic armed side, all leaders failed to attend. This meeting is one kind of high protocol. The leader of KNU did not come the meeting, too. This situation is like to upset the leaders of the government,” Colonel Khun Okkar said.

The number of ethnic armed organizations that already signed the NCA is now 10 in total and they are the KNU, the RCSS, the PNLO, the CNF, the ALP, the KNU/KNLA (PC), the DKBA, the ABSDF, the NMSP and the LDU.   

Translated by Win Htut