Min Naing Soe
The meeting of Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) and its related meetings will be consecutively held in the last week of this month with the hope of being able to hold the Third Meeting of the Union Peace Conference also known as the 21st Century Panglong Conference, said Khun Myint Tun, Vice-Chairman of the PaO National Liberation Organisation (PNLO).
“On June 25, the UPDJC will hold the meeting of secretaries. After this meeting, the working committee will hold its meetings on June 26, 27 and 28. Our working committee is held by ethnic armed organisations only. The working committee to be held in Nay Pyi Taw represents ethnic armed organizations, political parties, the government, the parliament and the Tatmadaw (defence services). This meeting will fix dates for the next meetings. The meeting of the UPDJC is scheduled on June 29. It will negotiate to fix the date for the conference and make decisions,” Khun Myint Tun said.
“The UPDJC’s meeting is going to decide the date for holding the 21st Century Panglong Conference. The date for the conference can’t be fixed at present, but it will be likely to be held in the second week of July, Khun Myint Tun said.
The informal meeting of secretaries of the UPDJC and the informal meeting on security sector between the government and ethnic NCA signatories were held in Yangon on June 16.
Ethnic NCA signatories held work committee’s preparatory meetings on various sectors and preparatory meetings on security sector with the purpose of being able to submit their subjects to the Third Meeting of the Union Peace Conference also known as the 21st Century Panglong Conference in Yangon on June 15 and 17.
The work committee members from five sectors designated by ethnic NCA signatories attended the meetings held in Yangon and discussed sector-wise subjects that are intended to put forward them to the conference.
Translated and Edited by Win Htut