June 30, 2017

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NCA eyes Inclusiveness — Government invites Wa and Mongla groups to sign ceasefire

Wa Special Region 2 and Mongla Special Region 4 welcome the nationwide ceasefire agreement.—MNA
Wa Special Region 2 and Mongla Special Region 4 welcome the nationwide ceasefire agreement.—MNA

The government has invited Wa and Mongla groups to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord, which is slated to be inked during the first week of October.
A peace delegation sent by President U Thein Sein extended an invitation to sign the historic peace deal to Wa Special Region 2 and Mongla Special Region 4 during a meeting in Kengtung in Shan State on Saturday.
The delegation was led by U Aung Min and U Thein Zaw, who are both vice chairs of the Union Peace-Making Working Committee. The president had instruction the delegation to clarify the NCA to the two leaders of the special regions.
U Pauk Yu Yi, Vice General Secretary of Wa Special Region 2 and U Sai Lin, Chairman of Mongla Special Region 4, in Kengtung, also attended the meeting. The delegation conveyed a message on behalf of President U Thein Sein and the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing that both the government and the country’s armed forces are keen to see the two armed groups participate in the upcoming signing.
The peace delegation held out the olive branch to Wa Special Region 2 and Mongla Special Region 4, inviting to sign in the nationwide ceasefire pact in order to participate in the political dialogue, which will follow the signing of the accord. The nationwide ceasefire represents a critical first step for achieving long-lasting peace, while political dialogue is the only means to solve the root causes of armed conflicts in Myanmar, U Thein Zaw said.
Wa Special Region 2 and Mongla Special Region 4 released a joint statement after the meeting to say that they welcomed the signing of a nationwide ceasefire accord and pledged to continue to engage in constructive negotiations with the government.—GNLM

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