Voices from UPDJC working committees

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The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee-UPDJC held its working committee meetings at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Nay Pyi Taw for four days from 8 to 10 March. The UPDJC Secretariat reviewed the four-day meeting yesterday morning in which the voices of some of the participants have been presented below as follows:

U Hla Maung Shwe (member of the UPDJC Secretariat):

The main part of the review meeting is how we are going to compile the facts that the work committee has produced and how we are going to present them to the UPDJC. Furthermore, we touched upon the preparatory works for the upcoming Peace Conference.

He continued to say that the meetings between the working committee and the Secretariat would continue before the start of the Conference. Although the delegates of the four-day work committee meeting were new participants they were all active and energetic, he pointed out. “I found the meeting results becoming smoother and more appropriate thanks to the daily dialogues of the Secretariat,” he said.

Dr Salai Hlyan Hmone Sar Khaung: We reviewed the plans that our working committees discussed at the Union Peace Conference. When we carried out the plans on the ground, we have found that some were in conformity with our plans and some were not. We reviewed them at the meetings.

Based on the experiences at the meetings, we will make preparation for discussions in detail with full facts and figures in next meetings.

Besides, we should also include the sector-wise experts in the discussion.

In my view, papers which came out from the national-level political dialogues are very good and include voices of the people. The voice of the people plays an important role in making peace.
Sai Kyaw Nyunt (Member of the Joint Committee’s Secretariat): Thanks to the working committees, we could get ideas for the next meetings. We hope that discussion in the next meetings will be easier.