By Ye Khaung Nyunt
An emergency meeting of the central executive committee of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand on Monday and Tuesday.
Present at the meeting were more than 30 representatives including leaders from seven armed groups which did not sign yet in Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), New Mon State Party and the Shan State Progress Party (SSPP). A few days prior to the emergency meeting, H.E. Mr Sun Guoxiang, special representative on Asia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, met with four groups from the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the Ta’an National Liberation Army (TNLA), the Arakan Army (AA) and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), in the northern part in Kunming, China, on January 19.
The purpose of the emergency meeting was to submit the report of the meeting in Kunming to the vice-chairman of the UNFC and representatives, it is learnt.
At the emergency meeting, discussions on attendance at the Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong 2nd Meeting and plans to lay down attitudes were made.
Also among the matters discussed in the meeting were discussions on the peace process led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor, coordination body on fund, working process of Joint Coordinating Body (JCB), submission and approval of the working instructions of Joint Monitoring Committee’s revised ceasefire plan, following the informal talk in Chiang Mai between the peace advisory commission led by U Aung Kyi and the Delegation for Political Negotiation (DPN), representative of UNFC and matters of reappointment of the special representative of the UN Secretary General to Myanmar. Northern Aligned Groups KIA, TNLA, AA and MNDAA, who are eager to meet with the Union Government for the implementation of peace, issued a statement on Monday that they are ready to meet with the government. It is learnt that KIA, TNLA, AA and MNDAA urged United Wa Solidarity Party (UWSP) to attend the meeting with the government.
By Ye Khaung Nyunt