KNU says northern allies may participate in peace process

Min Naing Soe

Northern allies may participate in the peace process, said Padoh Saw Kwe Htoo Win, vice chairman of Karen National Union (KNU).

The union peace conference is based on nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) and he concluded the attending of Panglong conference by the northern allies meant they recognized the NCA. The northern allies may participate in peace process if a solution is found for the peace process, he said.

“The main intention to have ceasefire agreement is for political discussion. I assumed the peace process and ceasefire agreement will be done step by step,” he said.

Leaders from northern allies attended the opening ceremony of Third Meeting of 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference and dinner held on July 10 at Nay Pyi Taw. They met top leaders of the government and army separately and left on July 14.

Leaders of ten ethnic armed groups, those signed the NCA, met State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

“We submitted the difficulties we are facing to implement the NCA. We discussed peace issues. We discussed about how to consolidate ceasefire agreement and how to hold political dialogues. We talked about ways to overcome difficulties we faced in peace process,” he said.

He continued the government is trying hard to hold the union peace conference once a year instead of twice a year and needs to make adjustments for political dialogue.