|A United Nationalities Federal Council meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand in August 2014. Photo: Mizzima|
Myanmar’s main national minority alliance has called for President U Thein Sein and the leaders of armed ethnic groups to sign an agreement on establishing a federal union on Union Day, February 12.
A key alliance of ethnic groups has condemned recent Tatmadaw offensives in Kachin and northern Shan states and warned they could jeopardise negotiations with the government on a national ceasefire agreement.
A coalition of 12 ethnic groups, the United Nationalities Federal Council, has begun a two-day meeting to discuss negotiations between the government and armed ethnic rebel groups on a nationwide ceasefire.
A spokesperson for a Shan civil society told Mizzima that the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) and several political parties discussed the factors that are impeding and debilitating the national peace process during last weekend’s conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand.