DASSK unable to attend UNFC-Government political dialogue
According to Pa Doh Mahn Mahn, Secretary of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), chairwoman of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party Daw Aung Suu Kyi will not be able to attend upcoming political dialogues between the UNFC and the national government’s Myanmar Peace Center, due to schedule conflicts with her trip to Europe.
The meeting will be held September 8 in Chaing Mai, Thailand, and marks the second time UNFC representatives have met with the government’s Union Peace Working Committee (UPWC) to collaborate towards multi-party peace agreements. The first meeting took place in February this year.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was invited to participate as a third-party observer of the meeting, along with other non-UNFC political organs like the Nationalities Brotherhood Federation (NBF), the United Nationalities Alliance (UNA), the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) and the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA).
Of the 4 mentioned, the UNA is the only group which has confirmed it will send delegates.
According to Mahn Mahn, the UNFC intends to stand resolutely behind its outline of demands during the talks. “As discussed before with the government’s technical group, the UNFC will continue to promote the agenda of its six-point road map for peace,” he said.
The September 8 meeting will be led by UNFC General Secretary Nai Hantha and 10 delegates from UNFC parties.