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March 22, 2019

Union Government, NCA Signatory EAOs release joint Statement

1. Union Government and NCA (Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement) Signatory EAOs (Ethnic Armed Organisations) leaders held a special meeting at Shwe San Ein Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw from 15 to 16 October 2018 under the following aims.
(a) 15 October 2018 is the third anniversary of signing the NCA, and instead of a regular ceremony, a leaders’ meeting is to be held to achieve meaningful results for peace;
(b) Unresolved matters through negotiation and discussion on implementing the announcements of Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong third session to be resolved through the leaders’ political agreements;
(c) Setting up basic principles to establish a union based on democracy and federal system as implementing the NCA.
2. At the special meeting between the Union Government and the leaders of NCA Signatory EAOs, following were agreed.
(a) Setting up a timetable and priority work processes required for important basic principles related to democracy and federal in the three sessions of the conference planned to be held before 2020 as included in the Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong third session announcement;
(b) Resolving and overcoming matters required to reach agreement in political discussion meetings;
(c) To make the present political discussion format more clear and easy;
(d) In implementing peace processes, obtaining agreements between leaders and then implement those agreements;
(e) To start coordination and discussion of security related reintegration matters and work processes depicted in NCA Chapter 5, establishing political road map section 20(c);
(f) Strive toward participation of all NCA non-signatory EAOs;
(g) To continue discussion under the agreements included in the NCA when working toward strengthening the ceasefire.
3. Work with determination toward achieving sustainable peace based on duty, responsibility and transparency with the aims of non-disintegration of the Union, non-disintegration of National Solidarity and Perpetuation of Sovereignty based on freedom, equality and fairness, a union based on democracy and federal system with assurance of Panglong spirit, democracy, national equality and self determination through political dialogues.
(Unofficial Translation)

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