August 19, 2016

working out the terms — Non-Signatories to NCA to meet State Counsellor by mid July

Peace makers pose for photo before their talks in Yangon.
Peace makers pose for photo before their talks in Yangon.

NON-signatory ethnic armed organisations to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement will hold talks with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi prior to a conference involving all EAOs at Mai Ja Yang in Kachin State, according to a meeting between government representatives and an EAO delegation yesterday.
The meeting, held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon, was between the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong preparatory committee and United Nationalities Federal Council’s Delegation for Political Negotiation-DPN.
In his address, Dr Tin Myo Win, chair of the preparatory committee, said that the government is willing to give more than take in negotiations with ethnic groups in order to ensure the establishment of a peaceful federal Union.
Highlighting the importance of yesterday’s meeting on the peace process, the Chair added that peace is possible if both sides can find a solution through negotiations.
In his address, Khu Oo Reh, who led the DPN, expressed his belief that the ethnic side’s understanding is that it is required (for them) to work together with the Tatmadaw to achieve peace in the country.
He assured that goodwill and brotherly negotiations will be undertaken between the two sides as the ongoing peace process has been accepted by NCA non-signatories.
U Hla Maung Shwe, secretary of the preparatory committee, said that State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi welcomed the meeting with the chairman of the UNFC, with the leaders of both sides agreeing in principle to meet in Yangon in mid July.
The Preparatory Committee for the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference agreed with the DPN’s request for government recognition of the Mai Ja Yang Conference in Kachin State.


Ye Khaung Nyunt


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