High-level peace talks moved to Nay Pyi Taw

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Front Page - CHAN THAR chan­thar@mm­times.com

A peace meet­ing be­tween the coun­try’s top lead­ers and the 10 armed eth­nic groups that have signed the Na­tion­wide Cease­fire Agree­ment has been moved to Nay Pyi Taw.

A High-level peace meet­ing sched­uled for Mon­day next week at Man­dalay’s Mount Popa has been moved to Nay Pyi Taw at the re­quest of the lead­ers of the armed eth­nic groups, a se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said on Thurs­day.

The meet­ing will be at­tended by State Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Com­man­der-in-chief of De­fence Ser­vices Se­nior Gen­eral Min Aung Hlaing and key lead­ers of the 10 armed eth­nic groups that have signed the Na­tion­wide Cease­fire Agree­ment (NCA).

The meet­ing was aimed at iron­ing out is­sues that have stalled the peace process.

“The armed eth­nic groups asked us to hold the meet­ing in Nay Pyi Taw,” said U Hla Maung Shwe, an ad­viser of the gov­ern­ment’s peace com­mis­sion.

The Peace Process Steer­ing Team (PPST), which com­prises the lead­ers of the 10 groups, con­cluded a two-day meet­ing in Chi­ang Mai, Thai­land, on Thurs­day, with the aim of com­ing up with a com­mon stand on thorny is­sues be­set­ting the peace process.

The groups’ lead­ers agreed to seek a so­lu­tion to the dead­lock that is de­lay­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions in the peace process, the PPST said in a state­ment on Thurs­day. It did not give fur­ther de­tails.

The meet­ing be­tween the coun­try’s civil­ian and mil­i­tary lead­ers with the groups is ex­pected to last five days.

Among the mat­ters to be dis­cussed is the Rakhine is­sue. There will also be bi­lat­eral or group meet­ings be­tween the State Coun­sel­lor, Sen Gen Min Aung Hlaing and the groups’ lead­ers.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts said re­solv­ing the is­sue about the right of states and re­gions to draft their own con­sti­tu­tions would play a cru­cial role in mov­ing the peace process for­ward.

The 10 armed eth­nic groups want their states to be al­lowed to draft their own con­sti­tu­tions as part of a fed­eral union.

So far, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the gov­ern­ment, mil­i­tary and the groups have failed to agree on that right as well as on guar­an­tees against se­ces­sion from Myan­mar.

The dis­agree­ment cen­tres on a pro­vi­sion that the charters can­not su­per­sede any laws in Myan­mar’s con­sti­tu­tion.

Photo: Aung Khant

State Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (cen­tre) at the 3rd ses­sion of the 21st Cen­tury Pan­g­long Con­fer­ence in Nay Pyi Taw in July.

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