Several civil society organisations (CSOs) gathered at the ninth CSO peace forum at the Myanmar Peace Centre in Yangon on February 7 and demanded pledges from the Union Peacemaking Working Committee and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) to continue peace talks beyond the 2015 general election.
The CSOs hope the pledges will hold both parties accountable for implementing previously settled points, signing a nationwide ceasefire deal, holding a political dialogue, approving a peace deal without bringing it before the Union parliament again, drafting a policy on peace building and directing financial support toward programmes that support peace.
Union Minister Aung Min, the vice-chairman of the UPWC, spoke with delegates at the peace forum. He pointed out that all the points put forward by the CSOs are already included in the draft of the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord, so if the accord is signed, all those points would be satisfied.
Also at the forum, CSO members discussed military matters, the issue of building trust with participants in the peace process and public participation in the peace process.
“Our aim is to spotlight why the peace process is delayed, despite all of the agreed-upon points between the two sides,” said Nyein Foundation representative Nan Yaw.