Myanmar promotes national reconciliation process

Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi (Source: http://www.bt.com.bn) Hanoi (VNA) - Myanmar's Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC), led by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, has introduced the structure and work guidelines on the organisation of the first national-level political dialogue in November. The UPDJC’s two-day meeting, which closed on October 29, put forth nine decisions needed for the national-level political dialogue, seen as a step forward with the peace process, according to UPDJC Vice Chairman Dr. Tin Myo Win. On the first day of the meeting, Aung San Suu Kyi proposed to hold the dialogue in three types, basing on region, national cause and ethnic affairs. She held that stopping conflict is the only way to achieve peace, calling for every effort to be made to realise it. The Myanmar government is making efforts to allow non-signatory armed groups to the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) to join and complete the signing before the dialogue as agreed at the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference held in August-September. The government's Peace Commission and Delegation for Political Negotiation (DPN) of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) had a meeting to review the political dialogue in Yangon. The upcoming political dialogue is expected to represent inclusively opinions and voices of the people, including ethnic people, towards establishing a union based on democracy and federal system as outlines in the NCA for peace building.-VNA ASEAN Community... [read more]

The matter was agreed on the first day of the conference on August 31. Lieutenant General Yar Pyae, member of the Preparatory Committee for the Panglong Peace Conference, stated that the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC)’s undertakings focus on the achievements in reducing tensions among signatory armed groups to the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA). He also stressed the necessity of maintaining measures to enhance stability ease violence and build trust among armed groups, adding that these efforts will create conditions for the political dialogue, thus paving way for federalism. The national-level political dialogue will be carried out as agreed in the framework of the dialogue with the participation of representatives from the government , the parliament, the military, ethnic armed organisations, political parties and civil society organisations. The four-day conference kicked off in Nay Pyi Taw on August 31, aiming to end the seven-decade-long conflicts in the country. It has drawn 1,800 representatives from the government, the parliament, ethnic armed and non-armed groups and civil societies The UPDJC, the JMC and the Preparatory Committee for the Panglong Peace Conference submitted their reports on the framework of political dialogue to the conference.... [read more]

Myanmar kicks off 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference (Photo: globalnewlightofmyanmar.com) Hanoi (VNA) – Myanmar’s 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference opened in the capital of Nay Pyi Taw on August 31, aiming to end nearly-seven-decade-long conflicts in the country. The five–day historical event sees the participation of about 1,800 representatives of the government, the military, ethnic armed groups, political parties, foreign diplomats, and international organisations, among others. Unlike previous ceasefire accords or peace conferences which only gathered some particular ethnic communities, the 21 st Century Panglong Peace Conference invited almost all ethnic armed groups, including non-signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) reached in last October. Opening the conference, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reiterated the organisation’s continued support for the country’s peace process and the new government’s building of the democratic society. On the first day of the event, the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC), the joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) and the Preparatory Committee for the Panglong Peace Conference will present their reports on the framework of a national-level political dialogue. Group-wise meetings will take place over the following days of the conference, according to the agenda. Observers lauded Myanmar’s efforts in speeding up the peace process and the Panglong Peace Conference, which is expected to help the country shape its political future with a harmony of interest between the State and ethnic groups.-VNA ASEAN Community... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) - Armed groups that have not signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) in Myanmar have raised an eight-point proposal to the government for finding ways to sign the NCA and join the 21 st Century Panglong Ethnic Conference planned for the end of this month. The non-signatory armed groups are represented by the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)'s Delegation for Political Negotiation (DPN). Discussions on the undisclosed proposal were underway between the government's Preparatory Committee for Holding the 21st Century Panglong Conference and the DPN in Yangon's National Reconciliation and Peace Centre on August 20, according to the centre. Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for Holding the Panglong Conference Tin Myo Win described the talks as productive enough to facilitate the peace process, while DPN's second leader Guan Maw called the discussions constructive, pledging to do their best and find the common ground to join the conference. Many sources said the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC), ethnic armed groups and the committee will continue discussing the political framework at the peace centre on August 21. Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who is also UPDJC Chairwoman, called for mutual trust and unity to successfully hold the upcoming conference. The former Myanmar government and eight ethnic armed groups out of 15 signed the NCA on Oct 15, 2015, leaving seven other armed groups who are yet to sign the accord.-VNA... [read more]

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Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at a meeting on March 22 (Photo: Xinhua/VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on July 17 had a historic meeting with representatives from ethnic armed groups to deliberate the organisation of the 21st Century Panglong Ethnic Conference. Before the meeting, Zaw Htay, vice director of the President’s Office told the press that Aung San Suu Kyi would have discussions with five leaders from the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) to gather their viewpoints on peace process in the country. The UNFC represents both the groups which have signed and the group which have not signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA). It was led by N’Ban La - Chairman of the UNFC and from Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO), which has not yet signed the NCA. Since coming to power, the National League for Democracy Party, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, has given top priority to building peace and ending conflict in the country. Experts said that this is a challenging mission for the new government due to decades-long deep suspicion among the ethnic armed groups and between the groups and the government army. The Government will organise the 21 st Century Panglong Ethnic Conference to work for national reconciliation and domestic peace, involving both NCA signatories and non-signatories. In a meeting of the Preparatory Committee for holding the conference on July 5, Aung San Suu Kyi highlighted that reconciliation is not only to be made between the government…... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) - Myanmar's Preparatory Committee for Holding the 21 st Century Panglong Ethnic Conference has outlined policy guidelines for the peace process, said spokesman of the President's Office U Zaw Htay on July 6. The guidelines include allowing non-signatory groups to the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) to join the Panglong Conference, relaxation of restriction on inviting political parties that do not hold a parliamentary seat to the conference and the National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC)’s functions in dealing with issues involving international donors and their assistance to the peace process. Chairman of the Preparatory Committee Tin Myo Win said talks remain to be held with three out of the 21 ethnic armed groups regarding the new government's peace policy. Earlier, at the July 5 meeting of the Committee in Nay Pyi Taw, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi called for inclusion of key figures of the armed groups in the upcoming Panglong Conference. Reconciliation is not only to be made between the government and the armed groups but also between the government and ethnic nationalities, she stressed. According to Secretary of the Preparatory Committee U Hla Maung Shwe, a meeting between the State Counselor and non-signatory armed groups, represented by the United Nationalities Federal Council's (UNFC) Delegation for Political Negotiation (DPN), is to be held in Yangon later this month and the 21st Century Panglong Ethnic Conference is slated for the last week of August. Myanmar's former government and eight out of 15 ethnic armed groups signed the…... [read more]

Myanmar's Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing pledged to cooperate with the new government to ensure a smooth transfer of power. The announcement came at a military parade held in the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw to honor the 71st National Armed Forces Day. In his remarks, the general warned of two main obstacles on the road to democracy: weaknesses in law enforcement; and existence of armed insurgencies. He underlined that the armed forces will ensure a good foundation for the democratic transition and transfer of power. The general highlighted that the military will safeguard the country, take care of the people and assist the government in implementing steady development. The military will not tolerate such acts as deviation from the good foundation for transition that may lead to loss of national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and disintegration of the union. He also emphasized the role of military in domestic peace efforts which resulted in the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) in November 2015 and called on the armed groups to follow the accord. President-elect U Htin Kyaw of by the National League for Democracy (NLD) will be sworn in at a ceremony on March 30. Retired General Myint Swe will become First Vice President and U Henry Van Thio of the National League for Democracy (LND) will become Second Vice President. Source: VNA... [read more]

Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing (Source:sycbyouth.org) Hanoi (VNA) – Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing pledged to cooperate with the new government to ensure a smooth transfer of power. The announcement came at a military parade held in the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw to honor the 71st National Armed Forces Day. In his remarks, the general warned of two main obstacles on the road to democracy: weaknesses in law enforcement ; and existence of armed insurgencies. He underlined that the armed forces will ensure a good foundation for the democratic transition and transfer of power. The general highlighted that the military will safeguard the country, take care of the people and assist the government in implementing steady development. The military will not tolerate such acts as deviation from the good foundation for transition that may lead to loss of national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and disintegration of the union. He also emphasized the role of military in domestic peace efforts which resulted in the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) in November 2015 and called on the armed groups to follow the accord. President-elect U Htin Kyaw of by the National League for Democracy (NLD) will be sworn in at a ceremony on March 30. Retired General Myint Swe will become First Vice President and U Henry Van Thio of the National League for Democracy (LND) will become Second Vice President.-VNA ASEAN Community... [read more]

(VOVworld) - Myanmar's election-winning opposition party National League for Democracy (NLD) and eight ceasefire signatory ethnic armed groups have vowed to build mutual trust and understanding and work hand-in-hand in the country's peace process, local media reported Friday. It was discussed when chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi met with leaders of the eight armed groups for the first time in Nay Pyi Taw's parliament building. Suu Kyi voiced NLD's support for the peace process, and advising the armed groups not to worry about for her absence in witnessing the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) signing. Suu Kyi accepted a proposal by the armed groups to form a joint committee with the NLD to continue working for peace after the NLD forms a new government in accordance with the Nov. 8 election result. The proposal will be forwarded to NLD's central committee for approval, she said. Meanwhile, a finalized draft for a political dialogue framework between the government and the eight armed groups, approved by the union-level Joint Cease fire Monitoring Committee (JCMC), has been submitted to President U Thein Sein for further approval. The framework for a political dialogue inclusive of all stakeholders was drafted by a special drafting committee of the tripartite Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) involving the government, armed groups and political parties.... [read more]




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