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Supervisory committee is unable to set the date for Mon national-level political dialogue

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Although the Mon State National-Level Political Dialogue Supervisory Committee has been established, it has been unable to set down the date for the dialogue, according to the New Mon State Party (NMSP).

According to announcement 1/2018 released on March 23 under the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC)’s chair Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the nine-member supervisory committee comprises a minister from the Mon State government, one Tatmadaw representative, one Pyithu Hluttaw representative, two NMSP representatives, one Karen National Union (KNU) representative, and a representative each from the National League for Democracy (NLD), the Mon National Party (MNP), and the All Mon Region Democracy Party (AMRDP).

“We haven’t made any decisions on the exact date for the national-level political dialogue for the Mon people. We will only make it when we are ready and [negotiation] goes well,” Nai Aung Ma Nge from the supervisory committee told the Mon News Agency today.

Although the NMSP has originally planned to hold the political dialogue in Ye from April 6 to 10, the Tatmadaw told them to only hold the public consultations inside the Mon State and not to have more than 30 participants if the public consultations were to be held outside the Mon State.

The NMSP postponed the plans after the issue was submitted to the UPDJC.

“If the government doesn’t want us to hold the national-level political dialogue for the Rakhine people due to its concerns…we tried to hold a public consultation to draft papers to submit to the working group to submit to the upcoming Union Conference. But, the public consultations were also not allowed under various reasons on the Rakhine issue,” Daw Saw Mra Raza Lin from the UPDJC’s secretary group, told the Mon News Agency today.

Daw Saw Mra Raza Lin is from the Arakan Liberation Party, which signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement in 2015.

Daw Saw Mra Raza Lin said the Rakhine State National-Level Political Dialogue Organizing Committee and Public Consultation Organizing Committee, which have been established by the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP), the Arakan National Party (ANP), and civil society organizations, have been abolished on March 20 since they were unable to hold public consultations despite undergoing several negotiations with the government.

Sai Kyaw Nyunt from the UPDJC’s secretary group also told the Mon News Agency that the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) has been unable to make a breakthrough in the negotiations with the government on the issue of restrictions against the public consultations before holding the national-level political dialogue for the Shan people.

He added that there are few chances of holding the third session of the Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong in May if the national-level political dialogues cannot be held for respective ethnic people that have signed the NCA.

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