Min Naing Soe
The ethnic NCA signatories are going to meet in Chiang Mai, Thailand in the next few days in order to help hold the Third Meeting of the Union Peace Conference also known as the 21st Century Panglong Conference, said Colonel Khun Okkar, Patron of the PaO National Liberation Organisation.
The meeting is scheduled on June 11 and it will decide when the Union Peace Conference is held, Colonel Khun Okkar said.
We just approve the informal meeting. The plan remains unchanged. We will have to deal with the matters relating to the UPDJC. The UPDJC has to supervise these meetings. The UPDJC comprises five sectors and the working committee. The working committee has asked for 15 days. It will thoroughly discuss the titles it already received. Detailed points of the discussion will be submitted to the peace conference. If all stakeholders hurry, they will catch the peace conference on June 30, said Colonel Khun Okkar.
The government and the NCA signatories informally met at the NRPC in Yangon on May 30 and 31. The third informal meeting agreed to discuss matters relating to disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) and security sector reform (SSR) at the peace conference, said Colonel Khun Okkar.
“The words of ‘the right to secede’ and ‘secession’ are not found in federal principle. The federal principle has nothing to do with these words. These are demands for political requirement. The genuine federal Union means how to live together and how to delegate power. These words must be regarded as political guarantees. These words must not be included in the federal principle. For this we need to seek ways,” said Colonel Khun Okkar.
Translated and Edited by Win Htut