|President U Thein Sein (C-L) and delegates at a Union Day celebration at the Myanmar International Convention Center, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on February 12, 2015. Photo: Maung Thin Tone/Mizzima|
Nay Pyi Taw - Only four out of 13 ethnic armed groups signed a Deed of Commitment for Peace and National Reconciliation at a government-held meeting of political parties and armed groups to celebrate the 68th anniversary of Union Day.
|Col Khun Okkar (C) talks to media at the end of the first day of an Ethnic Armed Organizations Conference in Laiza, Kachin State, Myanmar, October 30, 2013. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA|
President U Thein Sein’s call for a ceasefire deal on Union Day may not come to fruition but the chairman of the coalition of ethnic armed groups hopes a top-level meeting on that day could lead to the inking of a peace deal in March.
|Members of the Myanmar Peace Centre and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team meeting in Chiang Mai on January 21, 2015. Photo: Aung Moe Myint|
Prospects for the proposed signing of a ceasefire agreement between the government and ethnic armed groups on Union Day look dim, according to peace negotiators who met in Chiang Mai, Thailand on January 21.