Government, Northern Alliance to continue peace process meetings

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Some members of the seven armed groups from northern Myanmar are seen off by Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Hong Liang, centre, in Nay Pyi Taw before they leave for home.  Pho Htaung

Seven groups from the Northern Alliance that attended the opening of the Third Session of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong will meet again with the government soon to continue the peace process, said and official from the Karen Independence Organisation (KIO) yesterday
Gen Gun Maw, the Vice Chairman of the KIO, made the remarks at the Horizon Lake View Hotel before departing for Nay Pyi Taw airport.
“Our seven groups are going back now. We will try to come back again. The peace process will continue. We took back the message delivered by this side (Government and Tatmadaw) and will discuss in detail”, he said.
The seven groups from Northern Alliance arrived in Nay Pyi Taw on 9 and 10 July with the mediation of the People’s Republic of China and the invitation of the Government and Tatmadaw and attended the Third Session of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong.
A representative of the United Wa State Army (UWSA) said, “The Peace Commission met with our whole group officially. We see this as taking our first step in the peace process. We’ll meet again after contacting again.”
The seven groups from the Northern Alliance were officially met by Peace Commission Chairman Dr. Tin Myo Win and Vice Chairman U Thein Zaw, while the State Counsellor and the Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief met the seven groups from Northern Alliance separately on 11 and 12 July in groups of three and four.
Participation of the Arakan Army (AA), the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) will be discussed after the conference and the discussion with these three groups will be in a different format from the discussion with the KIA, UWSA, the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) and the Shan State Progress Party (SSPP), said U Zaw Htay. Official and unofficial meetings with seven groups from Northern Alliance will be continued it is learnt.

 

Ye Gaung Nyunt

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