Peace negotiating team for ethnic armed groups set to meet in Chiang Mai

Accompanied by ethnic armed group peace negotiators, NCCT leader  Nai Hong Sa addresses a nationwide ceasefire meeting with the  government’s peace negotiating team at Myanmar Peace Centre in Yangon.  Photo: Ye Myint
Accompanied by ethnic armed group peace negotiators, NCCT leader Nai Hong Sa addresses a nationwide ceasefire meeting with the government’s peace negotiating team at Myanmar Peace Centre in Yangon. Photo: Ye Myint

Yangon, 14 May — The Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team representing a coalition of 16 ethnic armed groups plans to meet later this month in Chiang Mai, Thailand, NCCT member Daw Saw Mya Yazar Lin said Thursday.
“An NCCT meeting in Chiang Mai is scheduled for 23 May, and the meeting is likely to be held on that day unless it is rescheduled due to unexpected reasons,” the NCCT member told The Global New Light of Myanmar in a phone interview.
The NCCT meeting is aimed at preparing the submission of a draft national ceasefire accord, signed in late March by the NCCT and the government’s Union Peace-making Work Committee, to ethnic leaders at a summit also expected to be held in the same month, Daw Saw Mya Yazar Lin said, adding that all NCCT members are expected at the pre-summit meeting.
“The review of the draft peace deal, prior to putting it forward to the summit, as well as matters related to the ethnic armed group’s negotiating team will be among the topics at the meeting,” she told The GNLM.
During a meeting entitled “A Forum for Peace and National Reconciliation” in Yangon last week, NCCT deputy leader Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win said the ethnic conference, which will bring together all ethnic group leaders including non-NCCT members, is likely to take place in the third week of May at one of three tentative places, with Lokhella expected to host the conference.
The draft ceasefire deal approved by the UPWC and NCCT on 31 March was the culmination of 16 months of peace talks between the two negotiating teams.
Since the signing of the single text document for a nationwide ceasefire with the NCCT, the government has indicated its readiness to finalize the deal as soon as possible, while the NCCT has stated that it must first be put before a conference of all ethnic parties. GNLM

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