Myanmar President U Win Myint. (Source: Xinhua/VNA)


Hanoi (VNA) -
Myanmar has set July 11 for holding the third meeting of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference, local media quoted an official of the State Counselor's Office as saying on June 26. 

 Zaw Htay, Director-General of the State Counselor's Office, said the date was agreed at a secretariat meeting of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) on June 25.

The Panglong peace conference will focus on security matters with armed groups as well as minority rights and gender equality in politics which highlight the federal policy, he said.

The Myanmar government will continue negotiation on inviting non-ceasefire signatory armed groups to the meeting, he added.

After the non-ceasefire agreement (NCA) was initiated in 2015, the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conferences were held twice during the incumbent government in August 2016 and May 2017.

The second meeting of the peace conference was able to incorporate a total of 37 adopted principles into a union accord in the country's peace process for the first time in Myanmar's history.

The third meeting of the Panglong peace conference is expected to further discuss unfinished fundamental principles on federalism as well as the formulation of new principles for the establishment of a federal union.-VNA