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Myanmar’s negotiator expresses belief in China’s willingness to help in peace process

Dr. Min Zaw Oo, director of Ceasefire Negotiation and Implementation with the Myanmar Peace Center, receives an interview with Xinhua News Agency in Yangon, Myanmar, Oct. 10, 2015. Photo: Xinhua
Dr. Min Zaw Oo, director of Ceasefire Negotiation and Implementation with the Myanmar Peace Center, receives an interview with Xinhua News Agency in Yangon, Myanmar, Oct. 10, 2015. Photo: Xinhua

A peace negotiator of Myanmar on Saturday expressed the belief that China would be willing to help Myanmar realize peace.
Dr. Min Zaw Oo, director of Ceasefire Negotiation and Implementation with the Myanmar Peace Center, made the remarks in an interview with Xinhua.
The official denied that he has accused China of interfering in the country’s peace process.
He rejected the allegation that his prior interview with Reuters included remarks charging the Chinese government with exerting pressure on some ethnic armed groups of Myanmar to stay away from taking part in signing the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) planned for Oct. 15 in Nay Pyi Taw.
“It was a misreport of the media,” he told Xinhua.
Praising two Chinese special envoys for as professional diplomats, he agreed that they attended series of peace talks between the government and the armed groups as pure observers with no pressure put on any side.
He pointed out that Myanmar’s peace issue belongs to its own domestic one and other countries hold no responsibility for the long failure to get resolved.
He highlighted that Myanmar-China relations have been good since ancient time and during the period of successive Myanmar governments, believing that no matter which government takes office, the two countries will have friendly ties.
Moreover, for the sake of stability and development of the two countries’ border areas, he stressed the need for the two countries to continue to strengthen cooperation and coordination.
According to the peace negotiator, the Myanmar government and eight ethnic armed groups would take part in signing the NCA in Nay Pyi Taw, while door will remain open to those armed groups who fail to join the signing this time.

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