05 Jan Ethnic groups mull proposed Feb 12 signing of ceasefire agreement

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Representatives of 12 ethnic armed groups and President U Thein Sein pose during a meeting to discuss peace and the proposed signing of a ceasefire agreement in Nay Pyi Taw on January 5, 2014. Photo: Nyo Ohn Myint/Facebook
Representatives of 12 ethnic armed groups and President U Thein Sein pose during a meeting to discuss peace and the proposed signing of a ceasefire agreement in Nay Pyi Taw on January 5, 2014. Photo: Nyo Ohn Myint/Facebook

Representatives at a planned meeting of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team this month are likely to decide whether they will sign a nationwide ceasefire agreement or not on Union Day February 12, Daw Saw Mra Razar Lin, a member of the NCCT, told Mizzima on January 4.

Myanmar Vice President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham made the proposal that the agreement be signed on February 12 at a dinner he hosted on Saturday for the ethnic armed group leaders who came to Nay Pyi Taw to attend the Grand Military Review for the 67th anniversary of Independence Day on January 4.

Union Day is a public celebration of the signing of the Panglong Agreement between the government of General Aung San and Shan, Kachin and Chin peoples on February 12, 1947.

According to a member of the NCCT, the ethnic group representatives have different views on the proposal to sign the agreement on this day.

“We have to negotiate again some key points, including the issue of forming a federal army, in order to reach an agreement. But there are also some points that could be discussed in future political meetings,” he said.

The date and the venue for this month’s NCCT meeting have yet to be fixed. After that meeting, the NCCT will meet the government’s Union Peacemaking Work Committee or UPWC.

On January 5, representatives of 12 ethnic armed groups that attended the Grand Military Review will meet with the President U Thein Sein and the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services to discuss peace and the government’s proposal to sign a nationwide ceasefire agreement on Union Day, according members of the ethnic armed groups.

Daw Saw Mra Razar Lin, who is also a member the central executive committee of the Arakan Liberation Party or ALP, said the meeting with the President and Commander-in-Chief will only last an hour and a half, and therefore only one leader will speak on behalf of the various groups.

President U Thein Sein’s government has signed preliminary ceasefire agreements with 14 out of a total of 17 major ethnic armed groups.

Last modified on Monday, 05 January 2015 13:04