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Myanmars Mon indigenous population conducts policy dialog - Xinhua

YANGON, May 6 (Xinhua) -- A nation-to-country policy dialog for Myanmar's indigenous peoples is under way in Ye, State of Mon, to debate questions on the creation of a federation, the formal Global New Light of Myanmar said on Sunday. Three days of talks began on Saturday after the New Mon State Party (NMSP) Arms Group on 13 February signing the government's Nationalwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA).

There are four groups discussing sectoral issues, including suggestions on the basic principals of the policy area, the welfare area, the federation industry and the agricultural and environmental area. 500 delegates take part in the policy dialog. NMSP, together with the Lahu Democratic Union, the NCA and the Nay Pyi Taw administration on February 13, brought the number of signatures to 10 since the first signature with the previous eight gunmen in 2015.

They will participate in the third session of the Panglong Peace Conference scheduled for the last weekend of May. After the NCA was initiated in 2015, the Panglong Peace Conferences of the twenty-first century took place twice during the term of office of the administration in August 2016 and May 2017, respectively.

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Upon his return to New York, Mr Feltman will be reporting to the Secretary General as the organisation remains responsive to the international relief and HR crises and agrees to work with Myanmar to alleviate the plight of the Rohingya people and to tackle the complaints and needs of Rakhine and other people.

In addition, he paid a visit to refugee camp outside Sittwe, the Rakhine state capitol, which was established in 2012.

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His Excellency Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, invited His Excellency Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Councillor of the Republic of Myanmar, to Vietnam for her first formal meeting from 19 to 20 April 2018.

In the course of the meeting, State Councillor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was received by His Excellency Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. In Vietnam, State Councillor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi conducted bi-lateral discussions with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and participated in the Prime Minister's dinner.

Councillor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi also called the rulers of Vietnam, placed a crown at the National Heroes and Martyrs Monument and went to President Ho Chi Minh's stilted house. It also held meetings with the Chairman of the Viet Nam - Myanmar Friendship Association and representatives of Myanmar-based companies.

Acknowledging that the long-standing tradition of fellowship and collaboration between Vietnam and Myanmar was founded by President Ho Chi Minh and General Aung San and nurtured by generation after generation of leadership and individuals from both states. Vietnam's leadership stressed that Vietnam always has in mind the firm backing of the government and Myanmar tribe in the past fight for the country's independence and in its ongoing effort for it.

Councillor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi voiced her admirable support for the resolve and bravery with which the government and the Vietnamese government and nation have been defending and developing their state. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi complimented Vietnam on the successful implementation of its strategies of refurbishment, reforms and strong and comprehensive globalisation.

Heads of State and Government have been reviewing progress in bi-lateral relationships and co-operation since the very fruitful stay of His Excellency Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam in Myanmar in August 2017. Underlining the importance given to the relationship with Myanmar and the government headed by the NLD (National League for Democracy), the Vietnames side reiterated its continuing commitment to Myanmar's efforts for a peaceful and reconciling nation.

Vietnam strongly holds the conviction that the Panglong of the twenty-first century was a great leap forward and that the Myanmar government would be able to build a strong and prosperous federative democracy through dialogue and negotiations. The Myanmar side thanked Vietnam for its strong commitment and for having shared its experiences in the area of domestic reconstruction and with Myanmar.

Taoiseach Nguyen Xuan Phuc and State Councillor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi noted with approval the good results of recent years of bi-lateral co-operation, in particular the upgrading of bi-lateral relations to a full co-operative partnership in August 2017. The two sides reiterated to further enhance the efficiency of full co-operation in all areas, as well as in the areas of commerce and investments, culture, social and education.

This effort will strengthen confidence and enhanced co-operation between the two nations and bring real gains to the world. The two Heads of State and Government showed their firm commitment to promoting co-operation in the areas of policy, commerce and investments, defense and stability, agro-forestry and fisheries, communications, telecommunications and communications, telecommunications and communications, as well as in the fields of employment, health and safety, agriculture, health, tourism, the judiciary, human resources development and exchanges, and participation at local level, in order to make the Comprehensive Partnership Agreement a reality.

Both sides stressed that the sharing of visitors at all echelons and via all means, as well as inter-governmental, inter-parliamentary, inter-party, inter-popular, inter-popular exchanges, will foster mutual understanding, fellowship and teamwork. The two sides shared the view that strong cross-party co-operation is an important cornerstone of our relations and were looking forward to the early signature of the 2018-2023 Action Plan to put into effect the comprehensive co-operation partnership reached in August 2017.

Both sides acknowledged the rapid growth of bi-lateral commercial cooperation: in 2017, bi-lateral trading volumes amounted to almost 830 million US dollars, an 51% rise year-on-year. Vietnam has become the seventh biggest international investment in Myanmar with 17 investments and a share of $2.1 billion.

Co-operation shows that the two countries are complementary and bring mutual advantages in the areas of agriculture trading, investments, aqua products manufacturing, travel and service, as the government of Myanmar is implementing major macroeconomic reform. Both sides also reiterated their pledge to strengthen co-operation and find new ways to achieve the US$1 billion goal in both directions as soon as possible.

The two sides emphasised the importance of delivering policies on commerce and investments and creating a supportive framework for external investor, in particular from Myanmar and Vietnam. The two sides welcomed recent progress in the field of defence and international co-operation and reiterated the continuing effectiveness of the arrangements under existing bilaterally and multilaterally agreed framework.

Both sides undertook to broaden co-operation in the fields of defence and international co-operation, involving exchanges of defence missions at all level and the implementation of the Defence Deputy Ministerial Dialogue in 2018, and to extend co-operation to other areas, i.e. education, health aid, searching and rescuing, sports exchanges. Vietnam is welcoming friend, inspection and fieldwork missions by Myanmar Delegates and Myanmar interns participating in burn care and prosthesis manufacturing classes in Vietnam.

Both sides commended and pledged to fully endorse the recently concluded Memorandum of Understanding on co-operation in the postal, telecommunications and ICT sectors, as well as the Memorandum of Understanding on Information Collaboration. The two sides agree to speed up negotiations for the early signature of the Convention on Crime Prevention and Control and other conventions /agreements in the sphere of CSC.

The two sides undertook to intensify co-operation with a view to fostering stronger fiscal links and reinforcing the finance sectors, in particular those providing finance as well. Both sides also stressed the importance of enhancing the importance of enhancing bi-lateral co-operation in the telecommunications and energies sectors, in particular in the areas of hydrocarbons and shared infrastructures.

The two sides reaffirmed that co-operation in the fields of agro-forestry and fishing is an important area of co-operation with many benefits and opportunities for reciprocal assistance and developement. To this end, both sides reached agreement to conclude conventions on farming, forest, fisheries and stockbreeding and to extend co-operation at an early stage in order to find ways to enhance the value and value of farm produce, which includes maize, paddy bean, maize, bean and mongoose.

Both sides committed themselves to speed up the process of signing the agreement on agricultural and rural development co-operation. Both sides also decided to encourage co-operation in multimodal traffic, as well as inland, maritime and aviation connections between the two States and within the subregion. Both Heads of State and Government also explored ways to strengthen relations in the fields of travel, judiciary, education and interpersonal exchanges within the context of a comprehensive cooperative partnership.

Heads of State and Government reaffirmed their commitment to supporting the roles and actions of the Vietnam-Myanmar Friendship Association and the Myanmar-Vietnam Friendship Association in promoting people-to-people exchanges and contributing pro-actively to the comprehensive cooperative partnership between the two states. Both Heads of State and Government praised the strong co-operation in local and global forums, among them ASEAN, the Non-Aligned Movement and the United Nations.

In order to raise the level of co-operation to new levels in the context of a comprehensive cooperative partnership, both sides decided to further promote the ASEAN Community's objectives through the implementation of the objectives of regional co-operation within ACMECS and CLMV, in particular in the fields of environmental protection, the eradication of extreme poverty, maritime safety, interconnectivity and the enhancement of people.

Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to continuing to work closely together on the Mekong Subregion's interregional co-operation mechanism, which includes the Mekong - Japan, Mekong - Korea, Mekong - Ganga, the Lower Mekong Initiative and the Greater Mekong Subregion. Vietnam urged Myanmar to become an anofficial member of the Mekong River Commission (MRC).

The Heads of State and Government of both sides are committed to working together in close cooperation to establish a prosperous ASEAN community with a key position in the AR. Councillor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi thanked her for the kindness, warmth and welcome given to her by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the members of the Mission, and was looking forward to welcoming Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to Myanmar for an formal meeting at a timely and mutually beneficial moment.

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