|The seventh round of ceasefire talks gets underway in Yangon. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima|
During the seventh round of ceasefire talks between the Union Peacemaking Working Committee and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team, which began on March 17, the discussions mainly focused on how to stop the current fighting as soon as possible, according to participants speaking afterwards in a press conference.
|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.
|President’s spokesman and Information Minister U Ye Htut has voiced concern that the Kachin Independence Army is attempting to scupper the nationwide peace process. U Ye Htut answers questions from media at 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on August 8, 2014. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima|
President’s spokesman and Information Minister U Ye Htut claims the Kachin Independence Army intentionally disturbed the peace process by arresting three policemen escorting a Kachin State minister, and sparking fighting in Hpakant Township, while the government is making efforts to reach a nationwide ceasefire.
|Efforts to agree to a ceasefire have dragged on. Meeting of the Nationwide Ceasefire Co-ordination Team and the Union Peace-making Work Committee on April 5, 2014. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima|
Doubts have been raised over whether President U Thein Sein’s proposal to sign a nationwide ceasefire agreement on Union Day will materialise.
|Minister U Aung Min, vice chairman of the Union Peace-making Working Committee, talks during a meeting with the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team at Myanmar Peace Centre in Yangon on December 22, 2014. Photo: Nyain Thit Nyi/Mizzima|
Nay Pyi Taw - Minister U Aung Min, vice chairman of the Union Peace Working Committee, said Monday that there are still some pending issues to be sorted out before a peace deal can be signed on Union Day, February 12, despite some issues having been settled.