PPST to overcome NCA difficulties through new political culture

Maung Htoo
The Peace Process Steering Team (PPST), which comprises the leaders of the signatories of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), should try to overcome the difficulties remained in the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), a solution for dealing with clashes among the government, Tatmadaw (defence services) and ethnic armed organizations, by introducing a new chapter of political culture, said General Saw Mutu Say Poe, re-elected chairman of Karen National Union (KNU).
The remarks of the KNU chief came from the 19th meeting of the PPST held in Chiang Mai, Thailand on May 9. 
We will keep on trying to hold the informal meeting together with the EAOs, the government and the Tatmadaw. No matter whatever difficulties happen. We all must base a new political culture combining with mutual respect, negotiation and non-violence. We all made a vow to try to work with to achieve peace, said General Saw Mutu Say Poe.
Trust building and being able to hold successful meetings play a leading role in the implementation of the NCA, General Saw Mutu Say Poe added.
This meeting is an informal form. The representatives from the government, the Tatmadaw and the EAOs re-discussed politics and security issues and negotiated what they are going to carry out.
The formation of the PPST is just a place. The EAOs that signed the NCA should negotiate on peace process among them. The PPST is to implement the peace process together. Mutual respect must be built among the EAOs. We are to seek a common agreement, said General Saw Mutu Say Poe.
The 19th meeting of the PPST was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand on May 9 and 10. It was attended by the NMSP and the LDU in addition to the PPST members. 
Translated by Win Htut