Govt urged to seek out ideas on Rakhine
The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) wants the government to meet with political parties and armed ethnic groups to seek their opinions on Rakhine State.
‘... it is based on religion so we should face... acts aimed at inciting violence peacefully.’ Nai Ong Ma-nge UNFC spokesperson
UNITED Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) urged the government to meet with political parties and armed ethnic groups to get their opinions on how to end the fighting in northern Rakhine State which is hindering the peace process.
UNFC leaders held a two-day meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on September 11-12 about the violence in Rakhine State, peace negotiations with the government and the council’s future plans.
“If there is instability in our country, all of us – ethnic groups, the government and political parties – will have to focus on this instead of the peace discussions. We are more and more worried about the country’s stability, so the government should get opinions from political parties and armed ethnic groups on how to restore peace,” said Nai Ong Ma-nge, council spokesperson.
He added that he is sad that local residents are suffering due to the fighting in Rakhine.
“It causes innocent people pain. We have to sympathise with them. While we cannot say how to solve this issue, it is based on religion, so we should face provocative acts aimed at inciting violence peacefully,” advised Nai Ong Ma-nge.
UNFC chairman Nai Hong Sar reported on the meeting of the Federal Political Negotiation and Consultative Committee (FPNCC) that was held in August.
He said the FPNCC and UNFC should work out a common stand on the government’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, said Nai Ong Ma-nge.
Nai Hong Sar urged the committee’s leaders at the meeting that NCA, which council members are trying to amend, can generate better results in the current political landscape in a short period. The NCA can reduce fights, and while it is not the best solution, there should be cooperation with the council’s effort to amend the NCA, said Nai ong Ma-nge.
“We presented again our stance to the northern group. The situation is different, so it is up to the government. If there is no more fighting or confrontation, the talks will go faster. To sign the NCA, all of our situations are different and must be taken into account. The government needs to guide us,” said Nai Ong Mange.
At the meeting, the council’s Delegation for Political Negotiation (DPN) also reported the results of their discussions with the government’s peace commission.
“We told them what we would need to follow in regard to suggestions and on what parts we should take bold stands,” he said.
At the DPN’S sixth meeting, no agreement was reached between the two delegations. Among the eight points that the UNFC suggested to the government, council leaders said, no agreement was reached on political dialogue, the international community’s role in monitoring the ceasefire and the ceasefire announcement. They were unable to reach a compromise on the UNFC’S suggestion to limit the political dialogue to three groups.