Sub-committees meet ahead of NCA signatories’ sit-down
THE government’s dual peacemaking sub-committees held discussions yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw in a bid to prepare to meet today with the eight non-state armed group signatories to Myanmar’s so-called nationwide ceasefire agreement.
Today’s meeting with the eight groups has been called to discuss arrangements for the 21st-century Panglong Conference that the new government is seeking to hold with both signatories and non-signatories to the accord, with negotiators hoping to convene the summit by the end of August.
U Hla Maung Shwe, a government peace envoy, said this week’s talks are scheduled to run three days. State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will attend the second day of discussions.
International experts, including UN personnel with experience in peace negotiations in Libya and the Philippines, also participated in yesterday’s talks to offer their views, according to U Khet Htain Nan, a member of one of the sub-committees.
“We discussed with international experts about the best way to make peace in our country,” he told reporters.
“They gave their recommendations. They are rather useful for us.”
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be briefed on the results of the discussions, U Hla Maung Shwe said, adding that she is due to meet the chair of the United Nationalities Federal Council, N’Ban La, in mid-July.
The UNFC is an alliance of ethnic armed groups that opted out of signing the NCA but has signalled a willingness to engage with the National League for Democracy government.
The new administration has taken a two-track approach to peace negotiations, designating the two sub-committees to deal with the respective signatory and non-signatory camps in preparations for the upcoming conference.
The first sub-committee, headed by chief of the No 2 Bureau of Special Operations Lieutenant-General Yar Pyae, has been assigned to meet with NCA signatories. U Tin Myo Win – Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s longtime personal physician – leads the sub-committee for non-signatories.
U Tin Myo Win met non-signatories on July 1, while signatories to the accord met Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar’s commander-inchief, on June 29.
– Translation by Thiri Min Htun