Pangkham summit issues statement saying only committee will discuss with government

Nyein Zaw Lin

Ethnic armed groups will not be allowed to talk to the government-formed peace commission directly after the Union Political Dialogue Negotiation Committee (UPDNC) was formed, a statement released by the Wa-sponsored Pangkham ethnic summit said.

The fourth summit was sponsored by the United Wa State Party/United Wa State Army (UWSP/UWSA) and it was held in Pangkham, from April 15 to 19.

The statement said that the UPDNC was formed at the summit and it was to discuss issues with the government-formed peace commission. The lineup of the committee was approved as well as rules and regulations.

The general policies and stance of ethnic armed groups regarding political dialogue was approved. The UPDNC approved a declaration that will be discussed with the government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the statement said.

The statement said that only the UPDNC would relate to the government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. It would not let each ethnic armed group discuss with the government directly.

The summit was attended by 27 representatives from the Arakan Army (AA), the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), the Ta,ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), the Shan State Progressive Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA), and United Wa State Army (UWSA).  


Translated by Win Htut