Roundtable discussion on reviewing framework for political dialogue continues, role of secretariat group to be reviewed

Roundtable discussion on reviewing the framework for political dialogue being convened in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: Aye Than/MNA
Roundtable discussion on reviewing the framework for political dialogue being convened in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: Aye Than/MNA

A roundtable discussion on reviewing the framework for political dialogue with Government, Hluttaw and Tatmadaw groups continued at the National Reconciliation and Peace Center in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
“When we reviewed the number of agreements gained at the second and third Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong, it was found that the secretariat group strongly cooperated in the second session but their cooperation was weak in the third session. So, we all agreed to review the role of the secretariat group and to amend its organizational setup,” said U Zaw Htay, Secretary of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee.
The discussion of the group of the Government, Hluttaw and the Tatmadaw focused on situation of political dialogue, organizational setup and framework for political dialogue, reviewing current political process and obstacles.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi gave instruction to the peace makers to draw an effective framework taking experiences and lessons gained at the second and third sessions of the conference, according to U Zaw Htay.
In accordance with the instruction, political parties, ethnic armed organizations and the groups of the Government, the Tatmadaw and the Hluttaw are reviewing the framework for political dialogues, organizational setup, Terms of Reference (TOR) and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).
On the first day of the roundtable discussion, Prof. Christina Murray, an international expert on federalism, shared her experiences of participating in political discussions in South Africa, Kenya and Yemen.
The participants of the group discussion also agreed to make the Terms of Reference and Standard Operating Procedure more effective.
“Another point we discussed is the fact that we got the papers submitted by groups and from political dialogues only at the conference and it brought us obstacles to political dialogue. So, we discussed how we can solve the problems we faced,” said U Zaw Htay.
U Jimmy, a representative of the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society, who is also participating in the discussion said majority of the participants preferred the current organization setup rather than amending or adding to it.
“But, the current organizational setup needed to be upgraded to become more effective. To achieve this, the capability of the secretariat group and work committee should be promoted as from the national-level political dialogues,” he said.
U Yi Mon (a) Maung Tin Thit, who is participating in the discussion, representing the Hluttaw, stressed the need to have willingness to achieve agreements which have not yet been discussed at the Union Peace Conference. — Zaw Zin

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