Fri 16 Aug 2013
Filed under: Ethnic Issues,Inside Burma,Military,News
Pado Manman, the Head of the technical support team of the United Nationalities Federation Council (UNFC) said that their team will be meeting the Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) process support team in Thailand, in the last week of August.
“We have already received a notification letter from the MPC. We will confirm the date of the meeting after deliberations”, Pado Manman told Mizzima.
The UNFC will have an internal negotiation-meeting on August 16 to confirm the exact date of the meeting and notify the MPC.
The UNFC has confirmed that U Aung Min, the Vice President of the Union Peace-making Work Committee will attend the meeting along side technical support teams from both sides.
Dr. Min Zaw Oo, the Director for Ceasefire at MPC said the MPC has not made a decision on who will represent them at the meeting yet.
“We have not confirmed which representatives will attend the meeting. We believe that the meeting will be held for sure”, said Dr. Min Zaw Oo.
Dr. Min Zaw Oo said that MPC will take note of all the voices from every organization. The MPC technical support team will approach the talks in a manner that is inclusive so as to promote political discussions and to further discussion for a future ‘Road Map’.
During the meeting, the MPC will be highlighting topics submitted by the UNFC. The details of the topics to be discussed in meeting have not been announced yet.
David Tharkapaw, the Vice Chairman of the UNFC is of the opinion that although the agenda for the meeting has not been announced, they will definitely discuss the topics that will be raised during the meeting.
“We will discuss making rules to bring up political discussions and ceasefires that the President desires to have with various groups. There are many complexities and we will discuss them”, said David Tharkapaw.
The UNFC has requested the Government to make nationwide ceasefire announcements but, no action was taken.
President U Thein Sein, had made an announcement that there are plans to have a grand ceremony for nationwide ceasefire in Nay Pyi Daw in July 2013.
David Tharkapaw also said the program aims to discuss and explain the aspirations of the ethnic people. Both side should cease fire and focus on peace building dialogue.
The UNFC technical support team was formed before the first meeting comprising 5 members headed by Pado Manman.
The pre-discussion ceremony was held on 13th July in Chiang Mai, Thailand between the technical support teams from both sides.