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700 delegates invited to Panglong peace talks

Kyaw Tint Swe (left) is pictured leaving the Upper House of Parliament session on 10 August 2016. (PHOTO: DVB)

Aung San Suu Kyi’s office has announced that some 700 participants will attend the upcoming peace talks on 31 August, monikered the 21st Century Panglong Conference, or 21CPC.

Speaking at the Upper House of Parliament in Naypyidaw on Wednesday, Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor Kyaw Tint Swe said, “We are looking at around 700 representatives at the 21st Century Panglong summit. In accordance with the political dialogue framework, there will be 75 representatives from the government; 75 from parliament; 150 representatives each from the Tatmadaw [Burmese military], ethnic armed groups and political parties; 50 ethnic representatives; and 50 other invitees.”

Kyaw Tint Swe added that the list of invitees will be discussed and confirmed at the upcoming Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) meeting.

He said that no agenda has been fixed for the upcoming peace talks, but that certain points may be confirmed at the UPDJC meeting.

Suu Kyi is the chairperson of the UPDJC, and is also expected to chair the 21CPC as she looks to continue and consolidate the peace process that was initiated under the former ruling Thein Sein administration.