ETH­NIC NEWS ROUNDUP

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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.

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