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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.