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August 12, 2020

National ceasefire talks end with agreement on draft accord

The Union Peacemaking Work Committee and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team conclude negotiations on making a single text for a national ceasefire accord between the government and ethnic armed groups on the seventh day of the seventh peace talks.  Photo: Credit to MPC
The Union Peacemaking Work Committee and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team conclude negotiations on making a single text for a national ceasefire accord between the government and ethnic armed groups on the seventh day of the seventh peace talks. Photo: Credit to MPC

Yangon, 30 March — Government negotiators and their counterparts representing ethnic armed groups have completed talks to finalize the draft of the national ceasefire accord, both sides confirmed Monday.
On the seventh day of negotiations, the government’s Union Peacemaking Work Committee and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team, representing 16 armed ethnic groups, concluded the talks on the prospective peace accord without leaving any points unresolved, peace negotiators said at a press conference.
The single text for the national ceasefire accord will be approved with the signing of a negotiation completion agreement between the two sides on Tuesday, they added.
From the UPWC side, it can be said that the government is ready to sign the national ceasefire accord following the completion of negotiations with the ethnic armed groups’ negotiating team, said U Hla Maung Shwe, senior adviser at Myanmar Peace Centre.
The signing of the accord will follow an ethnic conference likely to be held next month, with a specific date yet to be arranged, said U Nai Hong Sar and Dr Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong of the NCCT.
We can say the NCCT’s commitment to finalizing the draft represents 95 percent completion, but it is required to hold the ethnic summit for reaching 100 percent, U Nai Hong Sar added.
The shared goal throughout the series of talks, which faced many obstacles, is to reach a national ceasefire deal which is the first stage of the political dialogue roadmap, NCCT peace negotiators said at the press conference, expressing the willingness of all ethnic armed groups to sign the truce deal.
The two sides will clarify all points in the accord before inking the negotiation completion agreement, they said. — GNLM

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