SECOND 21st CENTURY PANGLONG: Hurdles, woes and imagination

Source: Shan Herald News Agency

Published on Feb. 14, 2017, noon

Even though we have now and then conducted several interviews together in the past on various political issues surrounding Burma, I was very much delighted when U Kyaw Zan Tha from the Voice of America (VOA) called me to discuss on the situation of the upcoming 21st Century Panglong Conference (21CPC), as preferred to be addressed by the de facto head of National League for Democracy (NLD) government Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,  but of which the Military or Tatmadaw would like to retain its as Union Peace Conference (UPC), scheduled to take off on February 28.

My main argument is that without necessary basic factors being fulfilled, holding the second “Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong” (UPC-21CP) a compromised term worked out between the NLD and the Military bloc – comprising of the Tatmadaw and Union Solidarity Development Party (USDP) – under the NLD regime, won’t be able to achieve its objective of national reconciliation and political settlement as anticipated.

The first Union Peace Conference (UPC) from January 12 to 16 of 2016 was conducted during the ex-President Thein Sein; the Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong (UPC-21CP) from August 31 to September 3, under the NLD headed government; and the forthcoming second UPC-21CP is geared to take off on February 28...

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