Mon chief urges NMSP to sign NCA

Bo Bo Myint
Mon State Chief Minister Dr Aye Zan said on January 4 that he has requested the New Mon State Party (NMSP) sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) to achieve peace in the southern parts of Myanmar.
He personally met with Kyaikdata Mawbayet Sayadaw and top leaders of the NMSP at Yay on November 26 and they came to two agreements at the meeting, he said.
“According to the NMSP’s central committee meeting, they agreed to sign the NCA. I asked them when they want to sign the NCA and they said they will sign it after meeting with the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC). I requested they sign the NCA to have comprehensive peace in Kayin and Mon states and Taninthayi region,” said the chief minister.
He continued, “I saw Nai Htaw Mon, chairman of the NMSP at Waizin, Dawei district on December 28. He said they will talk with the UNSC. It is a success that the NMSP intended to sign the NCA.”
The central committee meeting of the NMSP was held December 26 to 27. They discussed current political affairs and the peace process and will sign the NCA after working out details, according to a posting made to Facebook by the NMSP on December 28.
The state cabinet led by the chief minister met on December 28 NMSP leaders at their Waizin headquarters in Dawei district. Top NMSP leaders included Chairman Nai Htaw Mon, Chief of Staff La Yi Kaung, Secretary Nai Kyauk Yae, Dawei district chairman and secretary.
They also met the same day with the Kyaikdata Mawbayet Sayadaw, Peace Commission member Khin Zaw Oo and the Nippon Foundation chairman and members to discuss peace and area development affairs including the signing of the NCA.
The NMSP is a member of the UNFC and its vice chairman, Nai Han Thar, is the chairman of the UNFC.