UPWC and NCCT likely to hold meeting on nationwide ceasefire negotiation mid-January

The government-backed Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) will be likely to hold a meeting on nationwide ceasefire negotiation as scheduled if there are no significant events in the middle of this month, Phado Saw Kwe Htoo Win, the second leader-1 of the NCCT, said on January 3.

The sixth official nationwide ceasefire negotiation organised by the UPWC and the NCCT held in September 2014 did not see improvements as the clashes between the two sides broke out. The plan to continue the seventh official negotiation had been certain, either. Informal negotiations of the technical teams from the both sides were held on December 22 and 23. After the negotiations, both sides issued a joint statement to hold the seventh official negotiation in the middle of this month.

“The schedule is set in the middle of this month. It is possible to hold the seventh official negotiation regarding the nationwide ceasefire if we see no significant events,” Phado Saw Kwe Htoo Win said.

“Both sides are desirous of leading to the start of political dialogues after signing the nationwide ceasefire deal. In our experience, both sides need to have solid documents in order to reach the ceasefire level. For these both sides are trying hard,” Phado Saw Kwe Htoo Win said.

“The ethnic leaders who attended the grand military review parade held in Nay Pyi Taw held a meeting with the stakeholders. Such meeting will contribute to the nationwide ceasefire coordination process to some degree,” Phado Saw Kwe Htoo Win said.

Both sides set a target to sign the nationwide ceasefire deal on Union Day which falls on February 12 in 2015.