Sub-com­mit­tees meet ahead of NCA sig­na­to­ries’ sit-down

The Myanmar Times - - News - HTOO THANT thanhtoo@mm­times.com

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

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