Representatives of govt., army and ethnic armed groups plan informal peace meeting

Min Naing Soe
Representatives of the government, army and ethnic armed groups took a group photograph after Third Meeting of 21st Century Panglong Conference (Photo-Min Naing Soe)


Representatives of the government, army and ethnic armed groups, which have signed nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), are planning to meet to deal with the issues unresolved in the peace process, sources said.

“We are implementing issues discussed by the State Counsellor and leaders of the Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) on July 13. I don’t know how the government and army make a response to it. Pahdo Saw Kwe Htoo Win is trying to arrange the meeting in this month,” said Col. Khun Oakkar, Patron of Pa-O National Liberation Army (PNLO) which signed the NCA.

The government and NCA signatories thnic armed groups wanted to establish basic principles of federal system and will try to find solutions on how to obtain the principles of federal system of which the State Counsellor had vowed to also achieve, he said.

“It is not good to leave out some organizations and people when setting principles of the federal system. It is vital to include organizations which in conclusion, should be a part of the whole thing. We will discuss how to persuade the remaining ethnic armed groups to participate in the discussion in one and a half year time. It will be an informal meeting,” he said.

The ethnic armed groups are trying to hold the informal meeting in this month as the third anniversary of signing ceremony of the NCA will be held in October.

A total of ten representatives from the government, army and parliament and ten representatives of the ethnic armed groups will meet informally and it is not a Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM), said the Colonel.

“The JICM is derived from the NCA. Leaders of the government and army attended its meetings but ethnic leaders whose gave their names to attend the meetings didn’t attend them actually. Only their representatives attended them. So the protocol is a breach and the JICM is not seemed like working,” he said.

However the discussions from the informal meeting will be submitted to the JICM and asked for approval, said the Colonel.