Government, NCA-S EAOs make 8 common agreements after three-day ceasefire talks in Yangon

Government officials and representatives of ethnic armed organizations attend the meeting in Yangon yesterday. Photo: Phoe Htaung
Government officials and representatives of ethnic armed organizations attend the meeting in Yangon yesterday. Photo: Phoe Htaung

Government officials and representatives of ethnic armed organizations signed in the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement concluded their three-day meeting yesterday in Yangon, reaching eight common agreements to implement the decisions of the 8th Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting on the NCA.
The meeting also discussed preparations for holding the 4th edition of Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong as scheduled within the first four months of 2020, peace procedures beyond 2020 and implementation processes.
In his conclusion remark on the meeting, NCA-S EAO’s Negotiation Leader Sao Sai Ngin said, “The meeting turned out positive results after detailed discussions. We could adopt plans for holding he Union Peace Conference within scheduled period.”
He added that both sides agreed on the meeting programmes with their time lines, and made agreements on holding regular meetings of UPDJC, work committees, national level political dialogues, JMC and JICM.
The meeting successfully discussed preparations for holding public consultation and the upcoming UPDJC meeting will approve the preparatory measures. They also exchanged views on possible scenarios to persuade non-signatories into NCA.
Vice Chairman of NRPC and Union Attorney General U Tun Tun Oo also said, “We made single text agreements during the three-day meeting. The remaining parts will be discussed in the future. We also agreed on the three implementation processes after 2020. It is hopeful we could approve some points for democracy and federal topics in upcoming meetings.”
The final day of the meeting was attended by Vice Chairman of NRPC and Union Attorney General U Tun Tun Oo, military officers from the Office of Commander in Chief (Army) Lt-Gen Yar Pyae, Lt-Gen Min Naung and Lt-Gen Tin Maung Win, Secretary of Peace Commission Retired Lt-Gen Khin Zaw Oo, Pyithu Hluttaw MP U Pyone Cho (a) U Htay Win Aung, Advisor of Peace Commission U Hla Maung Shwe, as well as Director-General U Zaw Htay of the Ministry of the State Counsellor’s Office.
The EAO representatives included NCA Framework Negotiation Team Leader Sao Sai Ngin, its negotiator U Myo Win, its members U Hla Htay, Saw Mra Yarzar Lin, Salai Hta Hlar Hay, Saw Sein Win, Pado Saw Tadomu, Pado Saw Al Klu Sae, Saw Kyaw Nyunt, Salmon, Nai Aung Ma Ngay, Khun Myint Tun and Dr Sai Oo.
Peace Commission’s Advisor U Hla Maung Shwe and NCA-S EAO representative Nai Aung Ma Ngay held a press conference on the three-day meeting.
U Hla Maung Shwe said, “The next round of JMC meeting is scheduled on 10, 11 and 12 March. We discussed seven decisions, from 2 to 8, of JICM. The working group meeting will also be held in Yangon on 5,6 and 7 next month. The UPDJC secretary meeting will be organized in Nay Pyi Taw on 10 March, and the UPDJC will meet on 12 March.
Regarding the meeting on 17 and 18 February, Nai Aung Ma Ngay said, “We could turn out good results. We could make eight common agreements, and the remaining 12 points will be discussed in next meetings. Both sides proposed their plans. We will hold talks on these issues in the upcoming meetings.” — Ye Gaung Nyunt(Translated by Aung Khin)

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