Burma Correspondent: Burma’s Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) has committed to hold the 21st Century Pinglong Ethnic Conference fruitfully, according to official media reports Sunday.
The State Counselor, Aung San Suu Kyi told the second day meeting of the UPDJC on Saturday in Nay Pyi Taw, the 21st Century Pinglong Ethinic Conference is going to be held based on the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA).
The UPDJC will be chaired by Suu Kyi which will be reformed with 16 representatives from the government, 16 from ethnic armed groups and 10 from political parties, she said, adding that the UPDJC will remain active in the course of peace process.
U Kyaw Tint Swe, Padoh Saw Kwel Htoo Win and U Shu Wai have been nominated as vice chairmen to the UPDJC while U Hla Maung Shwe, former government peace negotiator of the earlier Burmese Peace Centre will serve as secretary of the committee.
The committee will meet those non-NCA-signatory armed groups in June, U Hla Maung Shwe said.
The Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) was signed on Oct. 15, 2015 by the former government of Burma and eight ethnic armed groups out of 15. After that, a union-level Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (JCMC) was formed along with a tripartite Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee to draft a framework for holding political talks as part of the implementation of the NCA.
The two sides agreed on some post-ceasefire steps under the NCA and the incomplete peace procedure comprises bringing in seven other ethnic armed groups which have not signed the ceasefire accord to accomplish the ceasefire signing process.