Lashio liaison office in charge Nyi Yan from United Wa State Party/United Wa State Army (UWSP/USSA) has said it is food for thought for its party to see continued clashes with the ethnic armed groups which are signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).
The party spokesperson made the remark in meeting with local media during a cash donation ceremony at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon on August 23. At the ceremony, Federal Political Negotiation and Consultative Committee (FPNCC) formed with seven ethnic armed groups from the northern part of Myanmar donated cash for flood victims to the government's peace commission.
"It is a review we should make. The NCA is not complete. Even the NCA signatories still have engagements on the ground (with government troops). Fighting is still ongoing. It is food for thought for us, Nyi Ran told the reporters.
So far, ten ethnic armed groups have signed the NCA and among them, Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) is the ethnic armed group which has experienced most clashes with the army.
Leaders of the FPNCC member groups attended the third round of the Union Peace Conference also called the 21st Century Panglong Conference held in Nay Pyi Taw in the second week of July this year.
During the conference, UWSP tried to submit a paper in which the Wa group demanded that it would consider signing the NCA if the union government and military give an official guarantee that the group has the right to make amendment or walk out after signing the agreement. But the group was not allowed to submit its paper.
Likewise, FPNCC leaders prepared a paper of their stance. Despite not mentioning NCA signing, the paper said that after signing the NCA with the union government, they would initiate face-to-face direct talks with the government. They did not have a chance to submit the paper either.
The FPNCC was formed with Northern seven ethnic armed groups which are the UWSA, National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), Kachin Independence Organization/Kachin Independence Army (KIO/KIA), Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA), Ta’ang National Liberation Army-TNLA, Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army-MNDAA and the Arakan Army (AA).
The FPNCC sent letter to its members on August 3 calling for aid for flood victims across the country.
“The cash aid was donated by all members of FPNCC. We are going to provide cash aid through the Peace Commission,” said Nyi Yan.
The letter also reported that it is now an important period as the trust is being built for between government, army and FPNCC for the implementation of peace process after holding the third meeting of Panglong Conference (21st Century). So, all members of FPNCC had ignored disagreements and negative views on both government and army. The FPNCC also urged its members to culture patriotism for the country.