Myanmar to hold fourth meeting of Panglong peace conference

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-09 00:33:44|Editor: ZX
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NAY PYI TAW, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar has planned to hold the fourth meeting of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference within the first four months of this year.

A total of eight agreements including holding the peace conference were reached at the 8th Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM) on the nationwide ceasefire agreement held in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday, U Zaw Htay, the director general of the State Counsellor Office, told media after the meeting.

The 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference was held in August 2016, May 2017 and July 2018, respectively.

A total of 51 federal-related basic principles have been adopted into a union accord so far after the third conference.

At the meeting, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, in her capacity as the chairperson of the National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC), called for continued efforts for the emergence of complete federal-related basic principles on creating future union as the 51 ones previously adopted are not enough for the goal.

Suu Kyi also said that the endeavors are underway by the National Reconciliation and Peace Center and the Peace Commission to engage with non-ceasefire signatory armed groups, reiterating that the door is always open to them to join the signing of the NCA.

Suu Kyi stressed, "We have learnt from the 70-year internal armed conflicts that it is more practical and effective to find solutions through political dialogues."

So far, 10 ethnic armed groups have signed the NCA with the government since it was initiated in October 2015.