State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi still believes the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) will sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement and attend the third Union Peace Conference, also known as the 21st Century Panglong Conference, according to Dr Tin Myo Win, chairman of the Government Peace Commission.
The next Panglong event is due in November.
Tin Myo Win said on August 10 in Yangon: “Peace is fundamental, the most essential thing for the state. Trust is the first requirement for peace. Mutual trust is of great importance. We have differences and needs as well. We must adjust them to reach an agreement. State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi strongly believes the UNFC members will sign the ceasefire and attend the third meeting.
“We must build mutual trust and understanding. I believe that all ethnic armed groups will participate in establishing a federal, democratic union, the destination we all long for. I call on all those present to work together for peace.”
Insurgent representative Khu Rel said: “Inconveniences arise on the ground. Both sides have to deal with military problems in their own way. Their superiors don’t know the ground conditions exactly. Commanders on the ground also know about all the peace talks. There needs to be more cooperation with troops on the ground.
“We need to review and we must seek same ways and means. If we negotiate openly through brotherly spirit, it will be best. It is required to agree all ceasefire points. The meaning of the words contained in the ceasefire need to be acceptable to both sides.”
Translated by Win Htut