(translation by David Tharckabaw)
February 20, 2013
- The eleven-member Union Peace Working Committee delegation, led by its Vice Chairman H.E. U Aung Min, and including Union Ministers H.E. U Khin Yi, H.E. U Ohn Myint, and Deputy Attorney General U Htun Htun Oo met with a United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) twelve-member political negotiation team led by Nai Hong Sar and Dr. La Ja to discuss the Framework for Political Dialogue between 9:00 am to 17:00 pm on February 20, 2013 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
- Both delegations discussed the following issues in a frank and friendly manner: (1)
- Political objectives; (2)
- Framework for political dialogue;
- Timeframe for political dialogue;
- Drafting agenda for political dialogue;
- Venue for future political dialogue; (3)
- Presence and role of mediators, monitors, and observers in the meetings; (4)
- Six-point ethnic nationalities peace plan; and (5)
- other miscellaneous issues.
- Both delegations discussed mechanisms to secure local and international support for humanitarian assistance, education, health, agricultural and livestock sectors during the preparatory period and political dialogue for areas where member organizations of the UNFC are located.
- Both delegations discussed holding meetings between respective technical teams.
- Both delegations also agreed to hold a follow up meeting within two months. (6)
Explanatory Notes (as told by a participant)
- There was a half-hour hiccup due to Naypyitaw’s reluctance to include the detailed topics of the discussions. The delegation relented after a go ahead by Naypyitaw.
- The political objectives presented by the UNFC were Equality, Right of Self Determination and Peace
- The UNFC proposed a foreign country, likely Japan. Naypyitaw counter proposed Rangoon at the Myanmar Peace Center (MPC). The compromise venue is Thailand.
- The UNFC proposed UN, UK, US, China and Japan. No agreement reached.
- The 6 points were agreed at the Ethnic Nationalities Conference held in Chiangmai in September 2012
- The meeting was supported by Nippon Foundation, chaired by Yohei Sasakawa, who was appointed Ambassador for the welfare of national races in Myanmar in June 2012 by the outgoing Japanese government of Yoshihiko Noda. On 19 February, the Shinzo Abe government made him “Special Envoy of the Government of Japan for National Reconciliation in Myanmar.
- The meeting was initially scheduled for 24 February. Naypyitaw later proposed a switch to 20 February.
- More later by SHAN.