NCA signatories propose dates for peace conference, related meetings

Min Naing Soe
PPST holds a meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on June 11.

The ethnic armed groups which are signatories to the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) sent an official letter to the Union government on June 12 proposing dates of holding the third Union Peace Conference in mid-July and related meetings, said Yebaw Myo Win, chairman of All Burma Student Democratic Front.

The Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) formed with leaders of the NCA signatories held the 21st meeting in Thailand's Chiang Mai on June 11 to discuss matters related to the peace conference also called the 21st Century Panglong Conference. The meeting resolutions are included in the above letter.

"PPST held its meeting to propose the dates for the Panglong conference, the work committee meeting and the UPDJC (Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee). This is the proposal made by the EAOs (ethnic armed ogranisations)," said Yebaw Myo Win.

The EAOs has proposed to hold the third round of the peace conference in mid-July. Moreover, the PPST meeting decided not to discuss difficult issues such as non-secession from the Union, autonomy and regional constitution at the conference.

The government and the NCA signatories first agreed to hold the Panglong conference later this month. But, EAOs decided to hold it in mid-July as they have to take time to hold UPDJC meetings.