PEACE STARTS NOW — Ethnic armed groups arrive in capital for ceasefire signing

p1REPRESENTATIVES from ethnic groups arrived in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) with the government. The signing will take place today.
Among today’s arrivals, a delegation for the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) is led by Yebaw Than Ge; the delegation for the Pa-O National Liberation Organization (PNLO) is led by U Khun Okka; the delegation for the Arakan Liberation Party is led U Khaing Soe Naing Aung; and the Kayin National Union/Kayin National Liberation Army-Peace Council is led by U Htein Maung.
Representatives from China, India, Thailand, Japan, the EU and the UN will be present as witnesses at the signing ceremony.
The ceasefire will be signed by eight of the country’s main 15 ethnic groups, following talks that began several years ago and led to a number of bilateral ceasefires that failed to sustain peace. It is hoped that the agreement will become a fully-fledged peace process that will end more than 60 years of civil conflict.
The signing of the NCA will be broadcast live on the MRTV News Channel and the Hluttaw Channel of Myanma Radio and Television.—GNLM

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