Post-truce for­mal­i­ties to dom­i­nate next round of peace talks

Mizzima Business Weekly - - AFFAIRS -

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.

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