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Myan­mar’s gov­ern­ment, mil­i­tary, and eight sig­na­tory armed groups to the Na­tion­wide Cease­fire Ac­cord (NCA) agreed on April 24 on eight points with their con­tin­ued peace process, Xin­hua re­ported quot­ing the Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of the Min­istry of the Of­fice of the State Coun­sel­lor’s Of­fice U Zaw Htay.

The Joint Im­ple­men­ta­tion Co­or­di­na­tion Meet­ing (JICM) which re­views peace ac­tiv­i­ties and the sec­ond Pan­g­long con­fer­ence was held in Nay Pyi Taw last week, at­tended by State Coun­sel­lor Aung San Suu Kyi, Deputy Com­man­der-in-Chief of the De­fense Ser­vices Vice Se­nior-Gen­eral Soe Win, and lead­ers of eight sig­na­tory armed groups to the NCA.

The meet­ing de­cided to hold the sec­ond meet­ing of the 21st Cen­tury Pan­g­long Peace Con­fer­ence in Nay Pyi Taw for five days from 24 May. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the agreed eight points in­cluded ex­plo­ration of ba­sic pol­icy ac­cepted by all sides and hold­ing na­tional level po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue with groups that have not yet been in­cluded.

Mean­while, Shan State started a three-day State-level po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue in Taung­gyi on 23 April, a meet­ing de­scribed as a milestone and a sig­nif­i­cant step taken by the peo­ple to­ward peace in the Union.

Ac­cord­ing to the Shan State Chief Min­is­ter, Dr Lin Htut, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the self-ad­min­is­tered re­gions and zones sub­mit­ted a to­tal of 70 pa­pers – 26 po­lit­i­cal pa­pers, 23 pa­pers on the econ­omy and 21 pa­pers on land is­sues, nat­u­ral re­sources and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion.

The Shan State Na­tional Level Di­a­logue Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee will com­bine all the pa­pers ac­cord­ing to set frame­works and rules into three draft pa­pers cov­er­ing the three sub­jects.

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