Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who also serves as the chair of the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre, held a discussion with a delegation led by General Ywet Sit, the chair of the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army, at the NRPC in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, according to a statement by the Myanmar State Counsellor Office.
The discussion focused on the need for understanding and trust building in the peace process based on the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, development tasks, education, health and the fight against narcotic drugs in ethnic minority regions.
After the hour-long talk, the government delegation held a separate discussion with the RCSS delegation.
Lieutenant Colonel Sai Meng, spokesman of the RCSS, said: “The discussions aim to reduce the number of fights. Both sides reached an agreement on that point. The meeting was fruitful. We also agreed to avoid the situations that may cause a heavy burden on the people and soldiers. It cannot be said that the NCA has collapsed. We faced difficulties when the Committee of Shan State Unity was trying to hold talks. That would amount to creating a barrier to the NCA path. In fact, we want peace. We discussed a plan to build trust and ease high tensions. We also discussed the eradication of narcotic drugs with the State Counsellor. We need to discuss details further.”
Also present at the meeting were Minister for the State Counsellor Office Kyaw Tint Swe, national security advisor Thaung Tun, Deputy Minister for the President Office Min Thu, Deputy Minister for the State Counsellor Office Khin Maung Tin and the director-general of the Ministry of the State Counsellor Office Zaw Htay.