State banquet held in honour of Union Peace Conference

State Counsellor greets KNPP’s vice chairman who is a NCA non-signatory (Photo- Third meeting of 21st Century Panglong Conference’s Facebook)
NAYPYITAW- To mark the third meeting of Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong, the state banquet was held at the Myanmar International Convention Centre-II in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday at night.
 
It was attended by President Win Myint, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Vice-Presidents, Parliament Speakers, the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, Union Ministers, Chief Ministers from the respective States and Regions, MPs, signatories and non- signatories of Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), delegates from political parties, diplomats and other invited guests.
 
The third meeting of 21st Century Panglong Conference was held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
 
On the occasion, the State Counsellor Suu Kyi and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing extended greetings. 
 
Likewise, on behalf of armed groups and Arakan National Party(ANP), Chairman of Karen National Union-KNU General Saw Mutu Sae Poe and ANP’s Vice-Chairman Aye Nu Sein delivered speeches.
 
14-point from political, security, land and natural environment, economic and social welfare sectors will be discussed during the third meeting.
General Saw Mutu Sae Poe made an opening speech saying that although the Union Peace Conference was held as three times after singing of NCA over two years, political dialogue was held as a first time only.
 
Moreover, plans were underway to hold the third Panglong Conference in early of 2018 but it was frequently postponed due to various reasons.
However, the government and ethnic armed groups had the agreement to hold the Panglong Conference from July 11 to 16th.
 
The current Panglong Conference will not discuss about national equality, own resolution and drawing of state constitution law. The ethnic armed group leaders said that they would be discussing about security sector but they didn’t lay down the decisions.