Peace Process

Mizzima Business Weekly - - IN FOCUS - Phanida and Soe Thu Aung

Khun Myint Tun, mem­ber of Peace Process Steer­ing Team (PPST) con­sist­ing of the eight Eth­nic Armed Or­ga­ni­za­tions (EAOs) that signed the Na­tion­wide Cease­fire Agree­ment (NCA), said that they had called for meet­ings with C-in-C of De­fence Ser­vices and the State Coun­sel­lor separately. They called for the meet­ing with the two lead­ers to take place af­ter the sec­ond an­niver­sary cer­e­mony of NCA sign­ing to be held at Myan­mar Con­ven­tion Cen­tre (1) in Naypy­itaw on Oc­to­ber 15. “We called for meet­ings with them separately but we don’t know yet if they have time. Our in­ten­tion is to have a frank, open and friendly meet­ing with them in in­for­mal talks which will help the peace process,” Khun Myint Tun said. PPST held an ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing in Chi­ang Mai, Thai­land on Oc­to­ber 9-10 and then they made this proposal. At this meet­ing, PPST dis­cussed the peace process and prepa­ra­tions for hold­ing sec­ond an­niver­sary of NCA sign­ing. More­over, PPST added that they would in­vite Fed­eral Peace Ne­go­ti­a­tion Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee (FPNCC) which has not yet signed NCA, to the cer­e­mony. Khun Myint Tun said that they had al­ready re­ceived gov­ern­ment’s con­sent to ex­tend the in­vi­ta­tion to FPNCC. “The gov­ern­ment has ac­cepted our proposal to in­vite both north­ern al­liance (FPNCC) and United Na­tion­al­i­ties Fed­eral Coun­cil (UNFC) to this 2nd an­niver­sary of NCA sign­ing cer­e­mony,” Khun Myint Tun added. NCA was signed by Karen Na­tional Union (KNU), Karen Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion Army/Peace Coun­cil (KNLA/PC), Re­u­ni­fi­ca­tion Coun­cil of Shan State (RCSS), Pa-O Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (PNLO), Chin Na­tional Front (CNF), All Burma Stu­dents’ Demo­cratic Front (ABSDF) and Arakan Lib­er­a­tion Party (ALP) on Oc­to­ber 15, 2015 when Pres­i­dent Thein Sein’s gov­ern­ment was in power.

Myan­mar army sol­diers. Photo: Hong Sar for Mizzima

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