Post-truce formalities to dominate next round of peace talks
The formalities to be observed by armed ethnic groups during an interim ceasefire period will be the main topic of discussion when peace talks resume on March 30, a senior Myanmar Peace Center official said on March 22.
U Hla Maung Shwe was speaking at a news conference at the centre after the seventh round of ceasefire negotiations between the government’s Union Peace-making Working Committee and the armed ethnic groups’ National Ceasefire Coordinating Team, which began on March 17.
The formalities to be observed by armed ethnic groups in the interim period, to which the sixth chapter of the draft ceasefire agreement is devoted, need to be fully discussed at the next round of talks, he said.
The interim period refers to the time after a ceasefire accord is reached when there will be a political dialogue aimed at consolidating the peace process.
U Hla Maung Shwe said the text of some points in chapters three and four needed amending but they were “only small clauses”.
“We want to preserve our status quo,” said an NCCT spokesperson, Colonel Khun Okker, referring to the interim period. “We want all our troops to be in place; we will improve security in our states and carry out development for our states,” he said.
He said the ethnic armed groups would hold discussions and negotiations among themselves to prepare for the next round of ceasefire talks.