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December 11, 2019

NRPC, RCSS delegation hold meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Representatives from National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC), Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) hold a meeting at Chiang Mai, Thailand yesterday. Photo: HMS

A delegation led by Vice Chairman National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC) and Chairman of Peace Commission Dr Tin Myo Win met with Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) peace negotiation representative group led by Sao Baung Khay at Chiang Mai, Thailand yesterday morning. NRPC advisory group member U Hla Maung Shwe said the meeting was about two and a half hour long covering continuing the peace process. The main point covers RCSS attending Joint-Ceasefire Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM). Process to build trust, calling Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (JMC) meeting, regional development and general matters were also discussed. International pressure on Myanmar was also covered in the meeting. In short, trust was established said U Hla Maung Shwe.
With regards to the meeting RCSS representative U Sai Ngin said holding JICM was discussed. When and to what extent were discussed. Good results were achieved. JICM will be held as soon as possible. There’s a plan to call Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) meeting. It’ll be held in December. Once this was over, JICM will follow. Both side submitted proposals on overcoming the blockages. Once this can be done, through officials meetings, all will work toward holding 21st Century Panglong Conference in the early part of 2020 said U Sai Ngin answering to the media.
The meeting was also able to overcome the issue of RCSS Chairman U Yawd Serk inability to attend the anniversary of Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) signing held at Nay Pyi Taw on 28 October.
“That was a misunderstanding. More time was required and there was a communication breakdown. That’s why trips of NCA signed leaders need to be well coordinated. Time required, the routes and mode of travel were resolved. RCSS Chairman U Yawd Serk also sent a letter to the meeting. With regards to the letter Ministry of State Counsellor’s Office Director General U Zaw Htay said the RCSS Chairman was seen as maintaining and continuing with NCA pledges without any changes. Despite hitches in attending the anniversary of NCA, negotiated and agreed upon matters will be maintained. The letter also include comment and remark on establishing federal union said U Zaw Htay.
The meeting was attended by NRPC members Lt-Gen Yar Pyae, Lt-Gen Min Naung, Peace Commission secretary Lt-Gen (retired) Khin Zaw Oo, member U Moe Zaw Oo, Peace Commission advisory group member U Hla Maung Shwe, Ministry of State Counsellor’s Office Director General U Zaw Htay as government representatives and RCSS representatives U Sai Ngin, U Sai Lyen and U Sai Han.
On 20 November, government representative group led by NRPC Vice Chairman Dr. Tin Myo Win will meet separately with KNU and representatives of 10 EAOs that had signed the NCA.

By Ye Goung Nyunt (Translated by Zaw Min)

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