Commander-in-Chief meets armed ethnic groups

Representatives from ethnic armed groups demanded quicker progress in achieving a nation-wide ceasefire when they met with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces, in Nay Pyi Taw on January 5.Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received leaders and representatives of 12 armed ethnic groups."We talked specifically for the sake of hastening the nation-wide ceasefire process. For that, the military plays an important role. That's why we all asked for it. The commander-in-chief also talked about it," said Colonel Sai Hla from the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army.They also talked about constitutional amendment and the nation-wide ceasefire deal expected to be made on Union Day, February 12."All of us, including the commander-in-chief, talked about the nation-wide ceasefire deal expected to be made on Union Day. We also presented our best views for it," said Khum Myint Tun, chairman of the Pa-O National Liberation Organization.This was the first meeting between the commander-in-chief and ethnic armed groups. It went on for about two hours.Four groups -- the Kachin Independence Army, Ta'ang National Liberation Army, Karenni National Progressive Party and Chin National Front -- were invited to the meeting but did not attend.