Myanmar peace conference enters 2nd day, focusing on dialogue papers

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-25 11:21:43|Editor: Zhou Xin
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NAY PYI TAW, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference Second Meeting on Thursday will continue to discuss the papers in five sectors resulting from six state- and regional- level political dialogue.

The second meeting, which aims to unite all ethnic nationalities and build a democratic federal union through dialogue, kicked off here Wednesday, nine months after the first in August 2016.

According to the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) Secretariat, apart from the papers, the 41 points of facts related to political, economic, social, land and environment sectors, reached by the UPDJC prior to the conference, will also be discussed.

The secretariat said participation of the Northern Alliance Group of seven is a sign showing that they are not too far from joining the Nationwide Cease-fire Accord (NAC).

The seven Northern Alliance group, also known as non-ceasefire signatories, refers to Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), the United Wa State Army (UWSA), Arakan Army (AA), Kokang's Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Mongla's National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP)-North.

With State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi inaugurating the event, some 1,400 representatives from the government, the parliament, the military, invited political parties, ethnic armed organizations and civil society participated in the five-day meeting.

The 15 ethnic armed organizations, present at the event, include eight signatories and seven non-signatories to the NCA.