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Mon Unity Party to Attend UPDJC Political Parties Group Selection


The Mon Unity Party (MUP) will attend the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) group selection, according to Nai Ta La Nyi, MUP Vice-Chair (1).

The UPDJC is a coalition of 92 political parties, with 16 standing committee members and 16 sub-committee members.

The MUP  Vice-Chair  added that the provisional UPDJC has invited all political parties, and that selection should not be restricted.

“It is my understanding  they are inviting representatives from the previously formed UPDJC group. All political parties are invited. They are planning to vote for a party in the form of a single vote. But our party’s view is that this choice should not be restricted in this way. Our party believes that political parties should first have a meeting and decide on the format. In addition, the proportion of ethnic parties and other powerful parties in the UPDJC should be negotiated,” said Nai Ta La Nyi.

The UPDJC will be elected on April 27 and most political parties will attend the selection.

Nai Ta La Nyi said there is a  common goal for this political dialogue, but whether it succeeds or not depends on everyone involved.

The Arakan National Party (ANP) has also asked to attend the UPDJC election, said ANP Chair U Thar Tun Hla.

“I cannot say for sure at this time whether we will attend or not but if we attend I have to go. I do not know for sure that the party will give me a chance to attend or not because I am currently traveling,” said U Thar Tun Hla.

It was good that a group of political parties were working for peace because they wanted peace, according to Mann Aung Pyi Soe, chairman of the Karen National Democratic Party (KNDP).

“A group of political parties is working to bring peace to the peace process. The aim is to achieve peace. In the past, we were members of the UPDJC faction. Otherwise, I understand that this year, which Min Aung Hlaing has designated this year as the Year of Peace, is planned to be implemented as much as possible,” he added.

However, it is not possible to work with a single group of political parties. There should also be ethnic armed groups, the Tatmadaw and government groups, according to Mann Aung Pyae Soe.

Nai Ta La Nyi said that the current political situation in Myanmar is at a critical juncture and needs to involve all stakeholders in overcoming this curve.

The UPDJC will be made up of 16 representatives from the government, parliament and the Tatmadaw, 16 from the NCA-affiliated armed groups and 16 from the political parties.

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