The Peace Commission invited the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) yesterday to attend the third meeting of the Union Peace Conference- 21st Century Panglong.
The invitation was offered by Dr. Tin Myo Win, Chairman of the Peace Commission (PC) following a meeting between the commission and the NSCN yesterday at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Yangon. At the meeting, the two sides discussed stability and development in the hilly areas of Naga and participating in the upcoming third meeting of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong, which is scheduled to be held next month.
The NSCN met the preparatory committee for holding the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong on 2nd July 2016. The preparatory committee is tasked with making preparations for the involvement of all stakeholders in the 21st Century Panglong Conference and the successful holding of the conference.
“We (Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee-UPDJC) have requested them to take the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) into consideration. We also hope that the National Socialist Council of Naga land will attend the coming 21st Century Panglong,” said U Hla Maung Shwe, Secretary of UPDJC.
“We have not been here since one year. We have not yet met with the new government. The main reason why we held talks with the new government is that we want to see peace and stability in our region. We want to strengthen relations and trust between both sides. We decided that we need to establish relations with the Peace Commission,” said U Kyaw Wan Sein, a member of the peace committee of the NSCN-K.
The NSCN has not yet signed the NCA, but they signed the state-level ceasefire agreement with the government in April, 2012. They have had no clashes with the Tatmadaw since 2000.
The meeting was also attended by Deputy Chairman of the Peace Commission U Thein Zaw and members, U An Kant, Chairman of the peace committee of NSCN and U Saw Htin and members of NSCN.
By Ye Khaung Nyunt