Myanmar to draft framework for holding political dialogue

Nay Pyi Taw, Nov 17 (IANS) Myanmar is planning to form a Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) to start drafting a framework for holding political dialogue as part of the country’s peace process, authorities said on Tuesday.

The UPDJC, involving 16 representatives each from the government, ethnic armed groups and political parties, was set to meet on November 24, U Aung Min, vice chairman of the government’s Union Peace-Making Work Committee (UPWC), told the second Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM) on Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement.

Drafting of the framework is expected to begin before December 14 and the formal dialogue is expected to start before January 14, next year, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Myanmar government and eight ethnic armed groups have agreed at their first JICM on October 31 that both sides adhere to some post-ceasefire steps until 30 days after the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) on October 15.

The two sides were set to draw up a political framework within 60 days after the formal NCA signing and start a political dialogue within 90 days.

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