August 19, 2016


Government, NCA signatories agree to hold UPC no later than 31 August

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi holds a meeting with leaders of ethnic armed organizations. Photo: MNA
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi holds a meeting with leaders of ethnic armed organizations. Photo: MNA

Myanmar government and eight signatories to the nationwide ceasefire agreement have decided to hold the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference before the end of August, as State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met with leaders of ethnic armed organisations in Naypyitaw yesterday.
The meeting is aimed to include others who have not signed the previous government’s NCA or have been left out of the previous talks and signing.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi further pushed the need to create peace in Myanmar, saying that “peace is the best legacy to pass on to younger generations.”
Highlighting the importance of inclusion of all in the process in order to establish a federal democratic Union that can guarantee security and freedom for all, asking for cooperation and participation from all groups, who agree to the terms and conditions.
“The government has no secret intentions and it is clear that its aim is to create a federal Union allowing all peoples to enjoy peace and prosperity,” said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi called for establishing a basis of trust and understanding between the ethnic groups and the government in order for peace to properly be implemented. The State Counsellor also called for a sense of responsibility for peace talks and goodwill in working towards achieving a federal Union.
Next, Saw Mutu Sae Poe, leader of Ethnic Armed Organization Peace Process Steering Team EAO PPST, and members Sai Baung Khay, Khun Okkar, Pu Zing Cung, Khaing Soe Naing Aung, Dr Naw Kapaw Htoo, U Than Ge and Saw Mo Shae explained that the peace process is still in it’s infant stages.
Union Ministers, the Attorney-General of the Union and Union Peace Conference preparatory committee members clarified ongoing negotiations with NCA non-signatories, preparations for the Peace Conference and works to be done in accord with the NCA.
It was the first meeting between the government and the EAO PPST to assist upcoming ‘21st Century Panglong Union Peace Confernce.’
Khun Okkar of PNLO who was present at the meeting said that he felt more optimistic about a brighter future for the country’s peace process as NCA non-signatories are set to meet with the government to involve in the Conference.—Myanmar News Agency/GNLM


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