THE second day of work committee 7th coordination meeting between the Government and the NCA-S EAOs (Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement Signatories – Ethnic Armed Organizations) was held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
Representatives of the Government at the coordination meeting were NRPC Vice-Chairman and Attorney-General of the Union U Tun Tun Oo, Lt-Gen Yar Pyae, Lt-Gen Min Naung and Lt-Gen Tin Maung Win from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army), Peace Commission Secretary Retired Lt-Gen Khin Zaw Oo, Pyithu Hluttaw representative U Pyone Cho (a) U Htay Win Aung, Peace Commission advisory board members U Hla Maung Shwe and U Moe Zaw Oo, and Director-General U Zaw Htay of the Ministry of the Office of the State Counsellor.
Representatives of the NCA-S EAOs at the meeting were NCA Implementation Framework Coordination Group Leader Sao Sai Ngern, NCA Implementation Coordinator U Myo Win, members Pado Saw Ta Doh Moo, U Hla Htay, Saw Mra Yazar Lin, Dr Lian Hmung Sakhong, Salai Htalaw Hei, Saw Sein Win, Pado Saw L Kalusay, Saw Kyaw Nyunt, Kya Salmon, Nai Aung Ma Ngay, Khun Myint Tun and Dr Sai Oo.
Proposals of both sides for implementation of the resolutions of the 8th JICM, the NCA Implementation and Framework, relevant future processes for post-2020, plans for step-by-step implementation and basic principles were discussed in the second-day meeting.
During the meeting, the NCA Implementation Framework Coordination Group Leader Sao Sai Ngern said that some facts that could not be discussed in the previous coordination meeting were successfully discussed in the two-day 7th coordination meeting, and agreements were reached because of efforts by all attendees.
The representatives from both sides agreed the 14 points of NCA Implementation Framework agreement, which are the first section of the part III of the Union Accord, said the NCA Implementation Framework Coordination Group Leader Sao Sai Ngern. The second section that includes step-by-step processes and implementation for post-2020 was also discussed.
He said that some federal principles in the part III of the Union Accord were agreed by both sides, and the remaining points will be discussed in upcoming meetings. Matters related to the upcoming fourth-session of the Union Peace Conference– 21st Century Panglong, plans for invitation to NCA non-signatories EAOs to the conference, and detailed arrangements for the conference and associated meetings.
After that, the format of the Union Accord was discussed, and a drafting work committee was assigned to work on for it, according to the group leader Sao Sai Ngern. The agreements reached in the two-day meeting will be submitted to the relevant leaders of the work committees of both sides for seeking approval, he said.
He also urged all relevant groups to exert serious efforts in the upcoming JICM preliminary meeting on 10 and 11 August to achieve good results.
Afterwards, the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) Vice-Chairman Attorney-General of the Union U Tun Tun Oo said that both sides could make frank and open discussions in the two-day meeting. He continued that some points could not be approved in the meeting, but they will be discussed in the JICM preliminary meeting and the JICM meeting.
Discussions on some matters including the step-by-step processes for post-2020 need to be continued to reach agreement, and EAOs will submit the matters to the Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) meeting, and work on for the matters, he said.
Then, the Vice Chairman Attorney-General of the Union U Tun Tun Oo expressed thanks to all the representatives, and the work committee 7th coordination meeting was successfully concluded.
Myo Myint and Han Lin Naing
(Translated by Maung Maung Swe)