Tatmadaw and KIO leaders meet in China

Writer: 
EMG reporter
 
A Tatmadaw (defence services) delegation led by Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung and a Kachin Independence Organization/Kachin Independence Army (KIO/KIA) delegation led by General In Ban La, Chairman of the KIO/KIA met and held discussions in Tarli, Yunnan Province in China on August 5.
 
Major-General Guan Maw said he would mention only after the Tatmadaw and the KIO had discussed the results of their meeting. 
 
“Yes, we will have to discuss the results of the meeting. Only after that, we will mention what we discussed with the Tatmadaw. We were told not to tell about our discussions to journalists and media,” said Major-General Guan Maw.
 
The KIO/KIA delegation led by Major-General Guan Maw attended the opening ceremony and the gala dinner marking the Third Session of Union Peace Conference also known as the 21st Century Panglong Conference held from July 11 to 16. While they were in Nay Pyi Taw, they also met with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi respectively.
 
Major-General Guan Maw told the journalists on July 14 that the KIO/KIA would continue dialogues with the government.
 
During the Third Session of Union Peace Conference also known as the 21st Century Panglong Conference, Lt-Gen Khin Zaw Oo (Retired), secretary of the government’s Peace Commission met with General In Ban La, Chairman of KIO/KIA in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The meeting produced a positive result, said Major-General Guan Maw.
 
With the intervention of China, the Tatmadaw and the KIO/KIA could have met in China 16 days after meeting in Chiang Mai.
 
Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung from the government military met with General In Ban La, Chairman of KIO/KIA in China on February 1. The meeting focused on reduction of clashes between the Tatmadaw and ethnic armed group, participation in regional peace and stability and establishment of federal Union in line with Panglong agreement and pledges. 
 
The KIO/KIA has not signed the NCA up till now. Frequent clashes are breaking out between the Tatmadaw and the KIO/KIA in Kachin State. 
 
Translated and Edited by Win Htut