NON-CEASEFIRE SIGNATORY ARMED GROUPS IN MYANMAR EXPECTED TO JOIN PACT

YANGON, Myanmar — Non-ceasefire signatory armed groups in Myanmar are expected to sign the government’s Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) on Nov. 8, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Wednesday.

The breakthrough was made following the 7th meeting between the Delegation for Political Negotiation (DPN) of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) and the government’s Peace Commission.

Most of the eight points that UNFC proposed have been agreed by both sides, leaving the fifth point related to military codes of conduct and monitoring for continued negotiation with the military on Nov. 8 for finalization, deputy leader of the DPN Nai Aung Ma Ngay was quoted as saying.

The eight points of the UNFC amendment proposal include bilateral ceasefire agreement; to build a federal union; tripartite dialogue composition agreement; drafting and promulgation of constitutional law based on the outcome of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference; and formation of a neutral, enforcement tribunal for NCA.

U Zaw Htay, representative of the Peace Commission, described the negotiation as a commitment made by both sides to overcome the challenges for the best results.

Following the initiation of the NCA between the government and eight ethnic armed groups out of 15 on Oct. 15, 2015, Myanmar’s government held the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference for two times respectively in August 2016 and May 2017.

The second meeting of the Panglong Peace Conference was able to incorporate a total of 37 adopted principles into a union accord in the peace process for the first time in Myanmar’s history.

The 37 adopted principles were signed by representatives of participating groups of the government, parliament, military, signatory armed groups to the NCA and political parties as Part One of the Union Accord.

The third meeting of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference is expected to be held later this year when unfinished fundamental principles as well as new principles on federalism will be discussed.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK