Ethnic armed groups set to discuss fourth Panglong

Oct 09, 2019

Ethnic armed groups set to discuss fourth Panglong

Naypyitaw (Myanmar) Oct 09: The 10 ethnic armed groups that have signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) will soon meet in Thailand to discuss the next round of the peace process scheduled to be held next year.
Khun Myint Htun, chairman of the Pa-O National Liberation Organisation (PNLO), said the three-day meeting of the Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) starting on Thursday in Chiang Mai, Thailand, would discuss the holding of the fourth session of the 21st Century Panglong Conference in early 2020.
Aside from the PNLO, the NCA has been signed by the Karen National Union, Karen National Liberation Army, Restoration Council of Shan State, Chin National Front, All Burma Students' Democratic Front, Arakan Liberation Party, Democratic Karen Buddhist Army, New Mon State Party, and Lahu Democratic Union.
On the agenda at the October 10-12 meeting are discussions of the government proposal to delay the peace process and convene a Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM), Khun Myint Htun said.
The JICM is the highest-level meeting in the peace process, and is usually attended by top government and security officials and the leaders of the 10 NCA signatories.
Since the NCA was implemented in 2015, the JICM has convened seven times, the last time in February 2018. State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended the meeting.
"All ethnic armed groups wish to have political discussions before and after the 2020 general elections on reaching an agreement to build a federal union," Khun Myint Htun said.
Government negotiators have submitted a four-point proposal to the PPST, which includes implementation of the NCA and the peace process before and after the elections.
It also seeks an agreement on the principles of democracy and a federal union, as well as ways to enhance the peace process.
Khun Myint Htun said the government and 10 ethnic armed groups will mark the fourth anniversary of the NCA in late October.
Source: Myanmar Times