Peace com­mis­sion calls all groups to Mai Ja Yang

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - THU THU AUNG thuthuaung@mm­

A group formed ear­lier this month to fa­cil­i­tate peace talks and headed by U Tin Myo Win has urged all eth­nic armed groups to take part in the up­com­ing pre-Pan­g­long Con­fer­ence sum­mit in Mai Ja Yang.

THE Peace Com­mis­sion an­nounced over the week­end that it hopes all armed eth­nic groups, in­clud­ing those that did not sign last year’s na­tion­wide cease­fire agree­ment, will at­tend the Mai Ja Yang sum­mit in Kachin State.

The Peace Com­mis­sion, headed by U Tin Myo Win, was formed on July 11 to fa­cil­i­tate the on­go­ing peace process.

“As a Peace Com­mis­sion, we are sup­port­ing eth­nic armed groups in smooth travel to the Mai Ja Yang sum­mit by pre­sent­ing their needs to the Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and Peace Cen­tre,” the Peace Com­mis­sion’s state­ment said.

The Mai Ja Yang sum­mit is meant to gather all eth­nic armed groups in the Kachin In­de­pen­dence Army (KIA) strong­hold from July 26 to 29 as a lead-up to the 21st-cen­tury Pan­g­long Con­fer­ence, which is sched­uled for Au­gust.

Eth­nic lead­ers have said the point of the Mai Ja Yang sum­mit is to re­in­force the foun­da­tion of peace-build­ing ef­forts, not to try to strengthen their side’s hand be­fore the Pan­g­long Con­fer­ence.

The Peace Com­mit­tee al­ready in­vited the armed groups that did not sign the NCA to par­tic­i­pate in the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue.

“The road from the Kachin State cap­i­tal My­itky­ina to Mai Ja Yang is un­der Tat­madaw con­trol, and eth­nic armed groups par­tic­i­pat­ing in the sum­mit later this month will not be pre­vented from us­ing it,” Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Mya Tun Oo said on be­half of Se­nior Gen­eral Min Aung Hlaing at a press con­fer­ence last week.

Ad­dress­ing the in­clu­siv­ity of the Pan­g­long Con­fer­ence, Lt Gen Mya Tun Oo re­it­er­ated a pre­vi­ous call for par­ties in ac­tive con­flict with the Tat­madaw to lay down their arms in or­der to win a seat at the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble.

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