The representatives from the government and United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) who have yet to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) yesterday reached an agreement in principle over nine points proposed by the UNFC.
The move came after the government peace negotiators and Delegation for Political Negotiation (DPN) formed by UNFC held their 4th meeting on building a federal democratic union for inclusion in reviewing political dialogue framework at the National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC) on Shweli Street in Yangon yesterday.
“We have discussed at least six times and I am pleased to see the observers from international organisations who monitored a press conference organised by the delegates from DPN yesterday,” said Dr Tin Myo Win, Chairman of Peace Commission.
“All peace negotiators have the responsibility to create a safe and sound environment for the general public. We need to be magnanimous and to be tolerant in seeking ways to ensure eternal peace. We need mutual trust. I hope we’ll achieve a good result in the near future if we discuss all matters in a transparent manner,” Leader of DPN Khu Oo Ral said. The proposal and general issues by UNFC were discussed by the members from the Peace Commission and DPN.
Afterward, U Zaw Htay representing the government side and DPN leader Khu Oo Ral held a press briefing and replied to the questions raised by journalists.
Dr Tin Myo Win, U Thein Zaw, U Khin Zaw Oo, Lt-Gen Yar Pyae, Lt-Gen Min Naung, Dr Aung Tun Thet, U Naing Ngan Lin, U Aung Soe, U Zaw Htay, Dr Min Zaw Oo and U Hla Maung Shwe representing the government side and members of DPN Khu Oo Ral, Dr Naing Shwe Thein, Nai Aung Mangae, U Min Tun and Tar Nyi Lu were present at the meeting. After the meeting, a press release was issued. The Peace Commission (PC) and DPN discussed nine points proposed by UNFC at the NRPC in Yangon. Both sides discussed nine points in a transparent manner and reached an agreement in principle. Both sides agreed to discuss Proposal No (3) at the meeting on reviewing political dialogue framework and Proposal No (5) at the meeting of Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC). Both sides also decided to urge all ethnic armed groups to take part in peace process and to attend Union Peace Conference—21st Panglong Peace Conference, according to the press release.
Ye Khaung Nyunt