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July 20, 2018

Ceasefire talks turn out “fruitful results”: Ethnic parties

Ceasefire talks from August 15 to17 in Yangon between the Union Peacemaking Working Committee of the government and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team of ethnic armed groups have turned out fruitful results, according to a joint statement released by 34 ethnic political parties before presenting their suggestions to a tripartite meeting held at Myanmar Peace Centre on Monday.
Among the topics of the talks were equal rights among ethnic people, the rights of self-rule and a future federal system. At the meeting, Vice Chairman U Aung Min of the UPWC said that the event coincided with the third anniversary of the president’s invitation for all-inclusive peace talks which President U Thein Sein said play an important role for ethnic people and for a better future of the country.
He also said that there are only three or four remaining paragraphs to be discussed out of the 122 to be finalized in a nationwide ceasefire agreement.
U Aung Minn then invited suggestions from leaders of the NCCT and ethnic political parties.
NCCT leader U Naing Han Thar, deputy leaders Padoh Kwe Htoo Win and Maj-Gen Gun Maw were among the leaders to give speeches at the meeting.
UN special envoy Vijay Nambiar expressed his gratitude to officials for letting him monitor the peace talks supervised by President U Thein Sein, saying he appreciates the “positive results from the talks” due to cooperation of the UPWC and NCCT, which “will help ending the 60-year old internal conflicts”.
Vijay Nambiar also said that he understands there would be some challenges to hold all-inclusive political dialogues in the future, but assured the supports of the UN during the next steps.

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