NCA signatories, UNFC hold political framework review meeting in Chiang Mai

Writer: 
Kyaw Zin Win

The Peace Process Working Team (PPWT) of the eight ethnic groups which are signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement and the Delegation of Political Negotiation (DPN) of the United Nationalities Federation Council (UNFC) held a political framework review meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on November 13.

“We met here to make a review of the political framework. We already met before. Within UNFC, we have planned to review this framework and consider how to amend it in the best way. Both sides need to seek best ways,” said UNFC Chairman Naing Han Tha.

He said that the peace process could not be successful unless the framework went well, stressing the need to create the best political framework acceptable to all stakeholders.

The three groups of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee – government, ethnic armed groups and political parties – are holding a three-day meeting in Nay Pyi Taw to approve the political framework ahead of the upcoming third Union Peace Conference, also called the 21st Century Panglong meeting.

“I assume this meeting (the political framework review) is important because we have another plan to hold a framework joint review. The opinions sought at this meeting will be coordinated again so that all the ethnic armed organisations can express their opinions and participate. Only if our political dialogue is successful, will we be able to put an end to the armed conflict,” said PPWT leader Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win, vice chairman of the Karen National Union.

He then invited all representatives to the meeting to speak openly.

The second Union Peace Conference was held in May this year and reached a 37-point consensus.

Translated by Soe Tint