Former President Thien Sein invited to second NCA anniversary

Writer: 
Kyaw Zin Win
Members of ethnic armed groups call on former President Thein Sein to invite him to the second anniversary of the NCA. (Photo-Sai Laeng Facebook)

 

Former President Thien Sein has been invited to attend a ceremony to mark the second anniversary of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) singed between the then-government and eight ethnic armed groups.

The ceremony is due to take place at Myanmar International Convention Centre-1 in Nay Pyi Taw on October 15.

The NCA was signed in Nay Pyi Taw on October 15, 2015 under the Thein Sein government.

A delegation of the eight ethnic armed groups called on the former president on Monday and invited him to attend the event.

“We signed the agreement under his rule. We visited him as a token of respect because it was signed under his government again,” said Colonel Khun Okka, patron of PaO National Liberation Organisation (PNLO).

“The invitation for him by the committee for organising the event is another matter. Our ethnic groups warmly welcome him. We made cooperation when the country was ruled by his government. This is why we invite him as a remembrance.

“He did not tell us whether he would attend it or not. But there are two invitations for him. They are from us and from the government. But I think he will attend the ceremony where we all will gather.”

Thein Sein was also invited to the first anniversary but he didn't attend.

"Generally, things are all OK. As the NCA is joint partnership, the ceremony has to be held under cooperation between the government and our ethnic armed groups," said Khun Okka.

He said that they had a plan to invite a political representative from the United Nations, as UN special envoy Vijay Nambiar was also invited to the NCA signing ceremony.

The eight signatories to the NCA are Karen National Union (KNU), Democratic Karen Buddhist Army, KNU/Karen National Liberation Army (PC), Restoration of Council of Shan State, PNLO, Chin National Front, Arakan Liberation Party and All Burma Students’ Democratic Front.