The US’s Ambassador for Myanmar Scott Marciel visits Kayah State and meets with representatives of the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) to discuss their relations with the Tatmadaw.
A meeting was held on February 21 with the KNPP in Loikaw and according to KNPP’s Central Committee Secretary Shwe Myo Thant, details regarding KNPP’s journey to sign on to the National Ceasefire Act (NCA) was discussed.
“We explained to him about the peace process. Ever since the meeting two days ago, we are en route to signing on to the NCA but we still have issues like the 7th Mile Hill incident. So we will have to take time depending on the fairness of the decision made (in regards to the abovementioned incident). We’ve had agreements with the previous government such as ceasefire and other arrangements. We will need the current administration and the military to acknowledge those,” said Shwe Myo Thant.
The secretary and other members of the KNPP went on to claimed that they discussed at length on the efforts undertaken by the KNPP in the political field as well as regional developments – with many highlighting that the Ambassador diplomatically urged the KNPP into cooperation with the government and the military so that real progress can be made for Kayah State.
The military and the KNPP clashed on December 20 2017 which allegedly resulted in the death of a civilian and four KNPP soldiers. However, the KNPP claimed that the army raided the KNPP camp, took prisoners and then executed four KNPP armed members.
The KNPP claimed that they have been cooperating with the military to bring the truth to light.