Northern Alliance does not refuse NCA: Peace Commission

Min Naing Soe

The Northern Alliance does not refuse the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) but they seem to be worried about NCA implementation, said retired Lieutenant General Khin Zaw Oo, secretary of the government's Peace Commission.

He made the remark over a media question on the sidelines of the third round of the Union Peace Conference held in Nay Pyi Taw on July 16.

"As far as I am concerned, they don't want to refuse the NCA. But I think they still raise little concern over what will happen after the signing of the agreement. It is said that they accept much part of the NCA," said the ex-lieutenant general.

He said the Northern Alliance formed with seven ethnic armed groups met with government and military leaders while the peace conference was going on in Nay Pyi Taw. And this meant that they gave the green light to the accord.

"Normally speaking, they are close to signing the NCA," he said, adding that the chance was about 90 percent.  

He continued to say that China, as a good neighbour, was helping with Myanmar's peace process. The talks would continue in the hope that those ethnic armed groups could sign the NCA in 2020, he added.