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Three groups comprising a committee of 16 representatives from political parties, the government and ethnic ceasefire signatories gathered at the Myanmar Peace Centre for talks on future political dialogue and agreed to place emphasis on national reconciliation.
The Union Political Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) meeting was to facilitate upcoming political dialogue, in which Myanmar’s political problems are expected to be resolved through dialogue.
A political framework drafting committee was formed with eight representatives, each from the three sides at the tripartite talks. Ethnic ceasefire signatories hope to see the upcoming political dialogue also include non-signatory groups. As a compromise, the government and ethnic organisations reached a tentative agreement to invite non-signatories of the National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) to meetings during the framework-drafting process as well as political dialogue, granting them the status of special invitees.
The government previously approved of non-signatories taking part in the future peace process as observers, but ceasefire signatories wanted them to be granted equal status.
Despite being described by the Myanmar government as “all-inclusive”, several ethnic groups including the Shan State Progressive Party, Kachin Independence Organisation, New Mon State Party and Karenni National Progressive Party refused to sign the NCA and fighting continues in Shan and Kachin States.
Special invitees will be allowed to have the right to speak at the meetings, but they will not have decision-making privileges.
Myo Yan Naung Thein, U Win Htein (NLD), U Ohn Myint (USDP) attend a UPDJC meeting on November 24.