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November 20, 2018

NMSP, LDU and Nippon Foundation hold joint press conference

(From L to R)Kyar Kun Sar, Yohei Sasakawa and Nai Taw Mon.  Photo: MNA
(From L to R)Kyar Kun Sar, Yohei Sasakawa and Nai Taw Mon.  Photo: MNA

The New Mon State Party (NMSP), Lahu Democratic Union (LDU) and Nippon Foundation held a joint press conference in Kempinski Hotel Nay Pyi Taw at 3:30 pm yesterday.
Attending the conference were NMSP Chairperson Nai Taw Mon, LDU Chairperson Kyar Kun Sar and Nippon Foundation Chairperson Mr Yohei Sasakawa, as well as members of the media.
Mr Yohei Sasakawa began by saying that the Union Government and non-signatories of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) have been working hard for two years to reach an agreement. He said he is delighted the NMSP and LDU will sign the NCA on 13 February. He acknowledged that this is an important step in Myanmar’s national reconciliation efforts. He said the Nippon Foundation only helped the union government of Myanmar and the ethnic armed groups to meet and build trust among each other. The Japanese government and Nippon Foundation supported the KNU with US$40million after they signed the NCA, and they are ready to support the local residents from NMSP and LDU after they sign the NCA as well.
Next, Nai Taw Mon spoke to the media persons present. He supported the State Counsellor’s cause for national reconciliation and unity. He said his group did not sign the NCA in 2015 because it was not all-inclusive at the time; but after meetings with all of their troops they have decided to finally sign the NCA.
He said they will continue working on all-inclusiveness and they welcome the support of the Nippon Foundation. He said they will try their best to achieve lasting peace and development for the people. Kyar Kun Sar then spoke to media persons saying his group has been looking forward to signing the NCA. He said Lahu is in need of much development and the local residents have been longing for peace. —Myanmar News Agency

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