Govt’s peace commission to meet with Northern Alliance after water festival

Kyaw Zin Win

The government-formed peace commission and the Northern Alliance comprising the TNLA, the AA and the MNDAA and the KIA have made a plan to hold a private meeting after Thingyan, according to Brigadier-General Tar Phone Kyaw, the general secretary of the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA).

Dr Tin Myo Win, the chairman of the peace commission, contacted the Northern Alliance through Sun Guoxiang, the Special Envoy for Asian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China to hold a meeting ahead of Thingyan, but there was not enough time.

The chairman of the peace commission contacted three members of the Northern Alliance to hold a meeting on April 7 and 8 ahead of Thingyan. But the appointment dates coincided with the annual ceremony of the Arakan Army (AA), meaning the three members of the Northern Alliance were otherwise engaged.

The Northern Alliance claimed that it would meet only if China and Wa’s representative participate. But Mr. Sun Guoxiang intervened in the crisis and attendance of three ethnic groups was agreed upon, Brigadier-General Tar Phone Kyaw said.

Translated by Win Htut